September 4, 2018
I often like to make a distinction between ‘hear’ and ‘listen’. Hearing is a physiological function, whereas listening implies that we have not only heard, but that the word has touched us, and we will respond to what we have listened to. Isaiah prophesizes about the “ears of the deaf unsealed”. In the gospel, we see Jesus opening the ears of the deaf man, and loosening his tongue to speak. Jesus says to us “Be opened” – be opened to listen to his words of life, and to the grace that he gives us; be opened to new opportunities that come our way to build up the kingdom of God; be opened to new life and to serve the Lord. Listening requires that we allow our mind, heart, soul, and will to be moved by what we ‘hear’. This involves a risk, and taking a new path, being changed and transformed by the life of God within us.