Thursday of the Third Week of Lent
Stand to the left side of the church and say, “Can you hear me now? Stand on the right side of the church and say, “Can you hear me now?” Move to the middle aisle and say, “Can you hear me now?” By this little experiment, all of us can hear! However, the bigger question is “Are we able to listen?” To listen to someone is understanding what the person is saying to us and choosing to do what they ask us to do. When your mom asks, “Go clean your room.” We may hear her say those words, but do we listen and choose to go and clean our rooms? The challenge in our readings is, are we just hearing what God has to say, or are we listening to God has to say for us?
In our first reading the prophet Jeremiah, God says, “Listen to my voice; then I will be your God, and you will be my people.” Jeremiah is to deliver this message to the people, and he is willing to do it. However, God tells Jeremiah, but the people will not listen and heed God’s word. Jeremiah always listened to God and did want God wanted, even when he knew the going would be tough.
In our Gospel, Jesus drives out a demon that is in a man who is not able to speak. The man and all those present heard the words of Jesus and the man is healed. No-one questions the healing, what the question is who Jesus is and where does he get his power from. What the people do not listen to Jesus is in their lives.
In this Lenten Season, it is all about going deeper with God and our faith. The first step today is hearing what God is saying to us. The next step is to listen to what God is asking of us. Now it moves to a whole new level, are we able to listen not only with our ears but with our hearts? If we are able to listen to our hearts are we now able to trust God in what he is asking of us and do what he is asking us to do? Now that it is true listening!