The spiritual life requires the regular practice of seeking wisdom and understanding. The disciples called Jesus “Teacher” and we read in the scriptures that the early community devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching. Didache (Greek) names our desire to go deeper, to hear the inner voice that directs our heart.
The WORD is revealed to us in many ways: through the scriptures, through the writings of the prophets and mystics, through the witness of holy men and women living as disciples in all ages, through experiences that teach us, through friends who offer insights, through moments of discovery, through suffering and difficult times, through reading, contemplation, meditation, and all types of prayer. Ultimately, source is the same, for God’s WORD goes forth and does not return until it accomplishes in us what is intended. Blessed are they who hear the WORD of God and keep it.
Where do you turn regularly for inspiration and guidance, for wisdom and perspective? What practices help your understanding in life’s difficult moments and to hear the voice of the Teacher?
The Five Loaves ™ 2015
No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe. - Deuteronomy 30: 14