And we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.
And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world.
Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“…but test the spirits to see if they belong to God”
I believe this sums up our lifelong spiritual pilgrimage to find God. We are always testing the “spirits” trying to discern which of these spirits belong to God (consolation) and which do not (desolation). For me, this is always prayerfully trying to listen to that inner gentle voice of God. This is amid the abundance of activity of relationships, talents, and gifts God has blessed us with.
So how do I do this? Do I find daily time for prayer and solitude while still engaging deeply in the world? How can I be more of a contemplative in action trying to discern God’s will in the midst of my busy life?
May we begin with a prayer of gratitude for the love and mercy of God which always encourages us to engage always with love in an imperfect world.
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO.
Dear Jesus, in 2020, help me courageously test and engage the spirits of this world. Help me to do this with your unconditional love, moral imagination, and resilient hope always mindful and in pursuit of your presence. Amen
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