I would like to share with you a story that shows us how God is speaking to us today. The story says: One night a young guy was studying religious education with a group engaged in Bible study. He thought how he would like for God to talk to him. When the Bible study was over, he got in his car and started driving to his house. Suddenly, an idea, a voice, came to his mind and ordered him saying: buy a bottle of milk! One bottle of milk? He questioned. “God, are you talking to me?” He continued driving to his home.
The voice continued to order him, buy the bottle of milk. He was skeptical; however, he stopped the car and gave attention to the request. “Ready,” he said. “Now, what is going to happen next?” he asked. The voice said that he should drive ten blocks ahead. Then, turn left for three blocks and next turn right for four blocks. At that moment, he was in the park which had no lights. Everything around was in darkness, except one house had lights on. Take the bottle of milk and give it to them. The young man agreed and knocked on the door. Immediately, an upset man opened it and the young man delivered the bottle of milk. At the same time he saw a woman with a small baby crying in her hands. She was very grateful and said: “You are an angel, we are out of money and don’t have anything, and our baby was hungry, but we did not have any milk to feed him.
The young man understood that God had spoken to him and felt exited. He took all his money from his wallet and gave it to the woman to cover the needs of her family. He got God’s message in that meaningful bottle of milk.
How many times you and I have lost God’s calling through the small and meaningful things. We expect that God speaks to us with fire falling from the sky, the overflow of the ocean, or some departed soul who comes back to life and tells us some message. However, God’s way is different; he speaks to us every moment through our own circumstances.
For example, if you read the book of Kings you can see how God spoke to Elijah. “And he said, go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind and earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still, small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped this face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1Kings 19:11-13)
So, I invite you to pay attention to your own circumstances because through them God speaks to us. There you can find the answer to your problems and preoccupations. At the same, I encourage you to be in touch with God through your Sunday Mass, personal prayer and the celebration of the others sacraments. Remember, prayer is the best way to talk to God in this special time of Easter Season.