May 19, 2022

When I read the account of the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15, what strikes me the most is how well they listened.

After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to them… (verse 7)
The whole assembly fell silent, and they listened… (verse 12)
After they had fallen silent, James responded… (verse 13)

What was the pre-requisite for their listening? Silence.

“The greatest triumph of the meekness of Jesus lies in his virtue of silence.” – Saint Peter Julian Eymard

The phrase “to fall silent” describes the ‘entering into’ a state of silence. It is a mode of being, a state of receptivity and discernment. They entered in the silence to listen to each other; they entered in the silence to listen for the voice of God in their words.

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:27)

What does God do in our hearts in this place of listening? He makes us in his image, meek and humble of heart.

“I know nothing; therefore, I must remain silent and listen. Our Lord who knew everything – the Word of the Father – kept the silence of poverty for 30 years and did not defend himself before the tribunals.” – Saint Peter Julian Eymard

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. (John 15:10)

“Assuredly, the life of the Most Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph in Egypt, at Nazareth, etc., was the most agreeable to God: that silence, that guarded secret, that hidden happiness, that life so beautiful and so unknown. But love thrived on it, for it was in its center.” – Saint Peter Julian Eymard

They entered in the silence, to enter in His love.

Let us pray:

“O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.”


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About Ivonne Hernandez

Ivonne is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, Florida.