Sunday Devotional: Whoever has ears ought to hear

Romans 8:26-27

Brothers and sisters:
The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.
And the one who searches hearts
knows what is the intention of the Spirit,
because he intercedes for the holy ones
according to God’s will.

Matthew 13:30

Whoever has ears ought to hear.

Given that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth” (John 15:26), it is important that we seek and heed His counsel.

But how?

How do we know the Spirit’s intention?

How do we listen to the Spirit with ears that ought to hear?

Here are some suggestions from Charisma News and a few from my puny experience:

1. Pray for wisdom: “Come, Holy Spirit, come!” With sincerity and humility, ask the Holy Spirit to counsel, enlighten and guide you, especially when you have just received Holy Communion or when you are before the Eucharist in the Tabernacle.

2. Listen to the Spirit: The Holy Spirit speaks to us in many ways —

  • In the Bible: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” –2 Timothy 3:16-17. God is always speaking through His Word. Apply what you read in the Bible to your life and you’ll position yourself for truth and wisdom.
  • As a still, small voice in our mind.
  • As a flash of understanding.
  • Through our conscience: “search your heart” (Romans 8:27).
  • In a dream or vision: St. Joseph was told by an angel to “not be afraid to take Mary as your wife” (Matthew 1:20). St. Peter fell into a trance (see Acts 10:10). St. Paul had supernatural encounters, in the body and out of the body (see 2 Cor. 12:13). St. John wrote the entire book of Revelation based on a supernatural vision.
  • Through our surroundings in our daily lives: If you keep a listening ear, you’ll discover that God speaks to you as you go about your everyday life. God spoke to Solomon through his practical experiences, an account of which is in Proverbs 24:30-34: “I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding; and it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles covered its surface, and the stone wall was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it; I looked on it and received instruction: Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep, so your poverty will come like a stalker, and your need as an armed man.”

3. How do we know that it’s the Holy Spirit speaking to us:

  • By the message’s goodness: Remember that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Triune Godhead. He will never counsel you to do ill or harm.
  • By its persistence: When the Holy Spirit wants you to do something, He can be very, very persistent!
  • By your sense of peace: When you listen and heed His counsel, your heart, mind and soul will be at peace. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7.

May the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, and the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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11 responses to “Sunday Devotional: Whoever has ears ought to hear

  1. Thank you Dr. Eowyn, your devotionals strike a chord. There are those that hear but don’t listen and there are those that listen to the wrong message.

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  2. very inspirational devotional Dr. Eowyn….
    I am going to print your suggestions and verses and give them to my daughters (and for myself) as reminders to seek the Lord always.
    Thank you.

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  3. You mention an interesting thing in your post today, Dr. Eowyn, and that is a “vision.” I am very leery of anyone who maintains he “talks to Jesus personally,” as, for example, Steve Quayle maintains that he does. This is not to call Steve Quayle a liar: He sounds sincere, but how does he maintain that “Jesus (or God) speaks to him?” He hasn’t mentioned whether it is an inspiration or an audible voice.
    Other people claimed they have had “visions,” ocular revelations of a supernatural origin or effect, and I remain leery. Most who maintain this seem to have one objective in mind, and that is to acquire a captive audience. I am referring to that lady who gave us the Bayside Apparitions. She maintained a captive audience of listeners—and made enough money to buy a new house from it as a result. The Bishop of Brooklyn at the time all the hub-bub went down (in the 1970’s) pronounced the “miracles” this lady claimed were NOT of supernatural origin AT ALL. This woman (whom E. Michael Jones discussed in an article in his magazine “Faith & Fidelity” back in 1995 or 1996) was my own godmother.
    A man told me of a vision he had of St. Theresa in a church elsewhere in Bayside, New York. He said that a hole opened up in the ceiling, over the sanctuary, and that the saint came down and looked upon him. He then told me that, as an eight year old, he thought, at first, that this was a show, and he was prompted to look for a moral. Then he told me he saw demons upon the altar, and that they were sneering. And he told me that at that time he thought it was not enough for them to kill Jesus, No: They hated Him even more for his success. There were other things that this man told me of his single vision, over the years. He was a very religious man, a very serious man, a man who met his obligations regardless of the obstacles put in his path, and he was a man who would never lie about religious matters. This man was my own father.
    The difference between my father and the seers of Fatima (or any other Church-approved apparition) and my godmother is this: Whenever Our Blessed Mother (or another saint) appears, that apparition will cost the believer everything they have and are: There is a COST to those who really believe, and sometimes, that cost may be that person’s very life. The vision my father insisted he had, and spoke to me about on several occasions as the years went on, cost my father much: He endured a life of suffering. That is the test of a vision.
    My own late godmother, on the other hand, caused a number of other people much suffering, as she began to make money off of what she maintained was her vision. Rather than suffer for Christ, she grew somewhat wealthy over it.
    So when someone like a Timothy Leery or other character comes along and insists upon their “truth-tale” they are selling, I always run it up against the examples of these two people from my own life, to determine just how true it may be. But I remain detached from their enthusiasm. My father had no enthusiasm for what he witnessed, No: Rather, he took it as a warning and a guide to meet and deal with the suffering he would face later in and throughout his life.

    I do believe the Holy Ghost and Our Lord can communicate with us in whatever manner they will. Suffering in this Life is, simply, unavoidable. Our Lord would rather, so it seems to me, front-load the suffering so as to limit our suffering to this Life alone. The Devil, on the other hand, back-loads the suffering, giving his sucker followers what they want in this Life, so they can suffer eternally with him in the next. One way or the other, visions—real or suspect—always come with a great cost, it seems to me.

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    • I was raised w/mainly Old World Quakers & Mennonites/turned Evangelical United Brethren & (later) (United) Methodist fr the merger of these last 2: As a result, fr my childhood spiriitual upbringing, through these teachings, I feel that I have a personal/daily relationship with God, through his son, Jesus.. There is no one betw me & God. I have no reason to seek/consult an intermediary or the leadership of others…..I talk to God, through his son, Jesus, every day. He has led me & continues to lead me, through troubled times, into joy, through sorrow, into the light of His word, time and time again…..Ockham’s Razor: the simplest solution is the best answer:: Through his son, Jesus, God speaks to me, and I to him. Nothing else needed/required. Join me.

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      • Here’s my problem: I have had a number of experiences in life, beginning in childhood, when I actually heard audible voices. About five or six times. I am not a schizophrenic, nor have I ever been institutionalized. The first time it happened I was four years old; The last time it happened was the day after my 44th birthday.
        I am not against talking to Jesus. Prayer is, after all, talking to God. Nor am I against having a personal relationship with God. You’re right about one thing: I don’t pray enough. But as far as “intermediaries” go, you’re stretching it quite a bit: You mean to tell me that, for example, you have a problem with your mother-in-law that you don’t consult your own mother, sister or confidante? Or when you have a problem with your husband, you don’t do the same? Or when you have a problem with your own son or daughter, you don’t talk to your husband?

        There is absolutely nothing wrong with having an “intermediary,” and I maintain and insist that they are necessary: Even an innocent man would never defend himself in court alone—he would be a fool. He always hires a lawyer, or the court appoints one for him. Yes, I want to spend eternity with God. From a simple reading of the New Testament itself, Jesus Christ established the priesthood through his Apostles, mandating and commanding intermediaries.
        I appreciate your comments—don’t get me wrong. But I am wondering if you missed my point completely.

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    • It stands to (God’s) reason that genuine mystics should not profit from their visions and messages, as evidenced by the lives of the three Fatima children and countless saints, St. Paul being the foremost.

      Genuine communications from God are a gift and singular privilege. God is not a huckster.

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      • That’s right. The last auricular elocution I received, I was reading the obituary of a woman I knew in college. I had forgotten her married name. In reading the obituary, I was wondering who it was. Then I heard the voice: “Aren’t you going to save it?” “No,” I thought, “That would be acting out.”
        I immediately became aware that I was being observed. I did not want to possess this knowledge. I tried to reason it out, and I said a prayer for “whoever this woman is,” I thought at the time. Looking back on that experience, I did not know what my reaction to the event was going to be. But God did. And that is the difference.
        You are correct, Dr. Eowyn: God is not a huckster. And he knows what our reactions are going to be before we do: He Knew, from Eternity Past, what our reactions would be. God is too much of a “gentleman,” for lack of a proper word, to force Himself upon us. And yet He Knew, from All Eternity, what St. Paul’s response, or the Fatima seers’ responses, or St. Maria Goretti’s response, or my own Father’s response, would be. This, I think, is the subtle difference.
        I believe that the Catholic Faith is the ONLY religion in all of human history that understands this and can vouch for it. For a huckster or confidence man—never giving God the benefit of the doubt for anything—doesn’t care about anyone’s response to anything: All he cares about is a quick escape!
        The outstanding quality of the Traditional Catholic Faith that attracts and intrigues me (when I am not weary of my own life) is its SUBTLETY, a quality that every other religious faith in history lacks.

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  4. I met a bishop once who I considered to truly be a “holy man”. That’s unusual for me, as I don’t automatically ascribe that to anyone, just because they’re clergy.

    He entertained us for hours talking about his life and faith. He spoke of talking to Jesus as if he were speaking of his best friend. For another to do that would have struck me as pretentious. I believed him, it was awe-inspiring.

    I felt as if I were in the presence of Christ. In fact, we are. It just doesn’t always seem so. Most of us have to be very still and seek the Holy Spirit in our own way. Sometimes we are “touched” and forever changed. No one can withstand an encounter without being changed forever.

    I don’t have answers for God. It is enough to be in awe and be grateful.

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