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By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange, April 27, 2023
Fr. Nnamdi Moneme OMV is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary currently on missionary assignment in the Philippines. He serves in the Congregations’ Retreat Ministry and in the House of Formation for novices and theologians in Antipolo, Philippines.
Acts 2:14, 22-33; 1Pet 1:17-21; Lk 24:13-35
The late Pope Benedict XVI once reminded us of the dialogical nature of Christian prayer with the scriptures in these words:
“Remember that prayer should accompany the reading of the Sacred Scripture, so that God and man may walk together; for we speak to Him when we pray; we hear Him when we read the divine saying.”(Dei Verbum #25)
God speaks to us when we prayerfully listen to the words of sacred scripture. He also listens to us as we speak to Him from our hearts filled with His words.
This conversational exchange with God based on His words has two simultaneous and inseparable effects on us. First, we begin to desire the Lord Jesus and all that He desires for us. Secondly, we begin to recognize His abiding presence in our lives, “God and man walking together.” ..