Prayer reflection for the Day – The LORD listens to our complaints
“Moses said to Aaron, ‘To the whole community of the sons of Israel say this, “Present yourselves before the Lord, for he has heard your complaints.”’ As Aaron was speaking to the whole community of the sons of Israel, they turned towards the wilderness, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the form of a cloud. Then the Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel” (Exo. 16:9-11).
Our humanity is supposed to be the face of love, compassion, creativity, honesty, emotions of friendship, sorrow and sense of loss and courage and resourcefulness. We are created and destined to live a life of “inside out” and not “outside in.” To this end, God has endowed us with numerous powers to discover our soul’s vocation (living “inside out”) through empathy, high intelligence, intuition, and keen insight into God, human conditions and ourselves. There are signs to assist us to evaluate our soulful maturity: longing for God and holiness, preference for solitude, being sensitive and empathic, a profound understanding of human nature, the ability to deeply introspect, disinterestedness in worldly achievements or status, an inclination towards spirituality, a yearning for a contemplative and mystical approaches to life, and the thirst for truth and wisdom.
As beautiful as the foregoing sounds, it is humbling to realise that we have been influenced by numerous weaknesses and these weaknesses make us vulnerable. However, we seem to have denied our vulnerability and keep parading ourselves as super men and women. Our friend Sigmund Freud reminds us that: “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.”
Therefore, let us voice out of our challenges. This time, instead of just complaining unmeritoriously, let us do something very beautiful for Jesus; through prayer, meditation, counselling, spiritual direction and psychotherapy. God bless you by listening to you daily. Amen.