Illiteracy is a deep crisis that is affecting our global society.
Illiteracy has many undesirable consequences and results.
While the call and efforts to eradicate illiteracy, has gained momentum over the past few years, from the spiritual realm, we are faced with a similar crisis: Spiritual Illiteracy
Spiritual Illiteracy could be described as…
… the inability to know or understand the promptings and inspirations of the Holy Spirit
… the lack of keenness to know about the Lord, His Teachings and His Mission
… the failure to have any interest to know God and His infinite love and mercy
This spiritual illiteracy is on the increase, and as Christians, we need to trigger a revolution to eradicate this hollowness in experience and knowledge of the Lord.
The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus revealing the spiritual illiteracy of His apostles, “Have I been with you so long and yet you do not know me…?” (Jn 14:9)
The context of this statement is the Last Supper Discourse that Jesus gives to His chosen disciples.
The disciples had been, probably with Jesus for nearly three years…
· They had seen Him performing a number of miracles
· They had heard Him speak of the glorious Kingdom of God.
· They had experienced Him endowed with the special favour of God
· They had touched Him and received powers and graces for the mission.
Yet, when Jesus speaks to them about the Father, the disciples express their ignorance.
Jesus, therefore, puts forward the question, “Have I been with you so long and yet you do not know me…?” (Jn 14:9)
Our lives can also resemble that of these disciples in being ignorant and unaware about the Lord.
We may remain “illiterate” spiritually, even though we have been admitted for a long time in the school of Jesus.
We may be “illiterate” in knowing…
… the vision of Jesus in building His Kingdom on the earth
… the feelings of the Lord in being passionately zealous to save all people
… the value of the sacrifice that Jesus has offered for us by His passion and death
… the depth of glory that is promised to us as a fruit of the Resurrection, if we follow Him
This spiritual “illiteracy” causes us…
.. to remain unaware of the power and workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives
… to become lethargic and uninterested to know more about the Lord and His Word
… to be lukewarm and indifferent to explore the Lord deeper, especially in His Sacraments.
The call of the Gospel is to rekindle the fire to know the Lord more intimately and closely.
The book of Hosea (Hos 4:6) places a warning if we are to continue in this “illiteracy”:
“My people perish for want of knowledge!
Since you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from my priesthood!
Since you have ignored the law of your God, I will also ignore your sons”
A revolution is to be triggered so that “spiritual illiteracy” can be wiped away!
This is also a wonderful opportunity for us to examine the possible means of “knowing” the Lord and the many opportunities that we squander away in “knowing” Him deeper…
…Do I set apart, sometime atleast, daily, reading the Bible – His Holy Word?
… Do I spend time, without any fail, in quiet prayerful moments with the Lord?
… Do I maximize my possibilities of meeting the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament?
… Do I pick up opportunities to listen to His Spirit in the various situations of my life?
… Do I ignite the sparks of desire to participate in the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist and Confession?
Jesus desires that we know Him more…
… not just ‘about’ Him
… not just intellectual knowledge
… not just His teachings or wisdom
He wants all to have an “experiential” and a “living” experience of Him!
Let us “learn Jesus” more and more, faithfully attending His School of Love and doing away with the “spiritual illiteracy” in our lives!
LEARN JESUS to LIVE JESUS to GIVE JESUS!
God Bless! Live Jesus!