Monday, July 18, 2011
Are You Listening?
Then Jesus said, "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear."
How many of you, from time to time, are guilty of tuning out a person speaking to you? I know I am. In grade school, I was an incorrigible daydreamer, constantly drifting away from the voice of the teacher, and, consequently, missing valuable instructions. My payback came a thousand-fold during my teaching years as repeating instructions became a predictably unpleasant part of the daily classroom routine. Although this experience aided me outwardly in developing the patience of Job, the inner frustration and upset regarding not being listened to the first time festered resentfully within me. I think we would all agree that being heard, but not listened to, is downright aggravating!
In today's gospel, Jesus is telling the parable of the sower. Before He begins the story, He exhorts the crowd with one word: "Listen!" (Mark 4:3). What He has to say is crucial, all-important; they need to be alert, aware, and paying attention. If they were in school, this would not be the moment to place their heads on their desks for a doze or to gaze abstractedly out the window like space cadets. Jesus is only giving the instructions once. He's not going to repeat them, at least today at this gathering. If they snooze, then, regrettably, they lose.
How are you hearing the voice of Jesus speaking to you today? What is He saying to you? Most importantly, are you listening?
"The voice of the Lord is calling His children . . . hear the voice of the Lord!" ~ Philips, Craig, and Dean
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