St Mary Magdalene † St Bartholomew † St Alban †
Sunday 17th July 2011
Let Anyone with Ears Listen
In today’s gospel we hear that recognisable quote ‘let anyone with ears listen’ again. To fully and deeply listen to another human being is a powerful gift. I bet we have all suffered from the ‘hearing but not listening syndrome’ at one time or another, especially during sermons. On some occasions when one has received a compliment; ‘that was a good sermon’, said thanks, but asked ‘what did you like about it? ‘Ummm…..yeah it was a nice sermon’. Selective listening happens to us all, you may read few pages of a book and have no idea of what you’ve just read. Below is a saying from L. Launio pointing out how we miss listening to God, when God speaks about blessings;
A man whispered "God, speak to me"
And a meadowlark sang.
But the man did not hear.
So the man yelled "God speak to me!"
And the thunder rolled across the sky.
But the man did not listen.
The man looked around and said "God let me see you." And a star shone brightly.
But the man did not notice.
And the man shouted "God show me a miracle"
And a life was born.
But the man did not know.
So, the man cried out in despair. "Touch me God and let me know that you are here!" Whereupon God reached down and touched the man. But the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.
Jesus always teaches his listeners how to listen by speaking in parables I hope we will hear Him loud
and clear today and not find ourselves drifting off.