Praised be Jesus and Mary!
My friend, Tommy, lent me a book by Thomas H. Green, SJ entitled Weeds among the Wheat: Discernment, Where Prayer and Action Meet. The book tackled the meaning and mechanics of discernment* in three parts: Preparing the Soil, Sowing the Good Seed, and Mixed Harvest. I shall share in my blog the important points that I learn from the book. I shall start with the first part, Preparing the Soil.
First, it is important to note that God’s role in our lives is a father of adult children. I am happy that God is neither a puppeteer nor someone who is not involved in history. He is a father who desires for his children to mature. His involvement, however, is mysterious and difficult to interpret. That is why we must discern His word.
Secondly, the model and the object of discernment is Jesus who is both divine God and human. We see in Jesus His total openness to the Spirit of God in every moment of His life. Despite temptation, he never sinned and never refused to follow the will of the Father.
Lastly, the climate of discernment is essential. During discernment, our hearts and souls must have total commitment to the Lord – desire to do His will, openness to be taught and led by God, and knowledge of God through Scripture and experience. For a non-believer (or a believer who do not practice his faith in daily life), the choice will come from reason or intuition. But, for a believer, the decision comes by discerning the will of God.
Now that we have prepared our soil for fruitful harvest of discernment by knowing and understanding God and knowing the right dispositions of our souls, I look forward to us Sowing the Good Seeds.
Kristine G. Veneracion
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Weeds among the Wheat by Thomas H. Green, SJ
1 Cor 3:1-3, 1 Cor 2:15
Definition of terms:
*Discernment: It is a gift to practice our free will to judge and to identify the voice of God to know Him and His will in our lives.