“We should not only hear God but obey Him,” Head of the UGCC in the video project #clearly_about_complicated

Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 13:55
Faith comes from hearing. The maturity of our personal faith in God depends on how deeply we can hear God's Word. This was emphasized by the Head of the UGCC in the ninth issue of the program His Beatitude Sviatoslav: #clearly_about_complicated

Its topic this time was listening prayer.

According to the Primate of the UGCC, the teacher of the prayer of listening is the holy prophet Elijah, who was able to recognize the presence of God in a light breeze.  The prophet was able to feel the presence of God, to open his spiritual ear and observe, listen to how the Lord God would appear and speak to him.

One way to pray and listen for us, Christians, is to pray with the Scriptures.  His Beatitude Sviatoslav shared his thoughts on how to do it in the right way.  According to him, one should start reading the Holy Scriptures by remaining in silence.  Silence will help us enter into a personal relationship with the Lord God and be ready to listen to God, because the text of Scripture, as the Head of the Church noted, is “God's Word addressed to each of us personally at that moment, like a letter of love that only we can read,  have the right to open and can fully understand.”

The selected passage of the Scripture should be read three times.  After each reading, you need to think about the meaning of the biblical words and ask yourself a few questions: What impressed me most about this passage?  What does God want to say to me through these words?  And how should I respond to God about what He has just said to me?  The culmination of the prayerful reading of the Word of God is the moment of contemplation, in which we try to feel, understand, Who is the God who speaks to me personally?

His Beatitude Sviatoslav also noted that at the end of the listening prayer we should ask ourselves how we will put into practice what we heard during the prayer.  "To listen also means to obey," the Patriarch said.

“Let's learn to hear God and to obey Him, like the Immaculate Virgin Mary once did,” called the Head of the Church and added, “She can be for us a teacher of listening to God's Word, a teacher of bearing it in our hearts and a teacher of the embodiment of God's Word in our personal lives."

We remind you that the video project of "Zhyve Television" His Beatitude Sviatoslav: #clearly_about_complicated started July 16, 2020

You can watch the new issues of the catechesis of His Beatitude Sviatoslav on the Zhyve TV channel on YouTube or on the Zhyve TV Facebook page every Saturday at 9 p.m.


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