Manna - Food for Thought
About This Show
Manna is Matt Zemanek and Jenna DiBernardo. Food For Thought is their podcast, which seeks to encourage and inspire others who are seeking to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and live out their Catholic faith.
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Season 1. Episode 8 - Drawing Near to God
Dad Joke: What do you get when two giraffes collide? A giraffic jam
James 4:4-8 “4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “[a]He [b]jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? 6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
Two things are happening here this reading.
A wake up call to us
Not saying don’t enjoy the world or the beauty and goodness that God has given us. It’s talking about the sin, the obsession with worldly things or where our priorities lie within our hearts. This is an active choice to disregard God’s goodness and to make everything else a priority
This wake up call is a reminder where we need to focus and place our hearts in his direction
The reality is that we have a very jealous God, a God that wants our focus and love
Jealousy of God is like the healthy jealousy of a spouse. If the first spouse doesn’t fulfill the obligations of attention and affection to the second and gives it to something or someone else then that obligation has been violated. Same way with God.
2. An Invitation
The Invitation: “draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
How not to do this:
Often times we think of the physical way in which we move close to God.
Going to Chapel, Mass, outside, etc.
Tower of Babel: In Genesis we see how this great about of people congregated in one place and built this huge tower ziggurat. “Bab-ili” in Hebrew means “gate of the gods”
It’s this false closeness. How we can be as physically close to Christ in the Eucharist but be so incredibly far away from Him.
You don't “find” God. God is always present. With you but its our hearts that stray. You are able to encounter God in every moment but it takes a metanoia—a movement toward God
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you” (Jeremiah 29:13-14). God isn’t missing.
How to actually do this:
Its an invisible act of heart
Psalm 42:2, "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;”
Drawing near to God is
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