ARE YOU READY TO LISTEN

Posted by: Fr. Timmy | September 21st, 2012

Are you the type of person who likes to TALK a lot or who likes to LISTEN a lot?  During the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we have little choice, in fact, we have only one choice and it is to LISTEN.

Why is it important to learn to do lots of listening rather than lots of talking?  Because learning to LISTEN will serve as a means for HEALING of broken and wounded RELATIONSHIPS and will brought about change and renewal in our relationships.

How to listen?   St. Paul in the 1st reading says, “be always humble, gentle and patient. Show your love by being tolerant with one another. Do your best to preserve the unity which the Spirit gives by means of the peace that binds you together”.    (Eph 4:1-3).

I believed what transformed and strengthened Matthew’s decision to follow Jesus was because he knows how to LISTEN to Jesus.  I believed Matthew was able to apply the words said by St. Paul,  he listened to Jesus in humility, gently and patiently.  I believed the words he heard from Jesus, especially what Jesus said in the Gospel brought about his transformation,  “People who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners” (Mt 9:12-13).  On hearing Jesus words, a new life was opened for Matthew.   I believed this is what LISTENING does to us, it opens a new life for us, it opens our own transformation.

Jesus is definitely a great Teacher, very eloquent with His speech, and His words definitely brought healing and transformation of lives, compared to our speech for sometimes we are damaging and hurting with our words. Sometimes our words can cause sorrow and sickness.

But if like Matthew, if we can learned to listen and pay attention to Jesus words spoken to us every day, we can have faith, that our own words, that it is inspired by the Holy Spirit, can serve as means of healing of the lives of others, and perhaps can also bring about their transformation and our renewal.

But listening is not always EASY.   We may appear listening but in fact, we only listen to ourselves. A way to listen is learning to push aside my personal thoughts and feelings and become open to the thoughts and feelings of the other person.   When we listen this way, we can strengthen our intimacy and builds a sense of belongingness in our relationship.

A PERSON FEELS DEEPLY LOVED WHEN HE OR SHE IS LISTENED TO.

The only reason why we are here to celebrate Mass, is because like Matthew, we also heard and experienced the healing words of Jesus.  If we can also recall, our own moments of conversion.  Recall the words of Jesus giving us the grace to say YES to come and follow HIM.  We humbly acknowledged that like Matthew, we are not worthy to be HIS follower, but the WORDS of Jesus opened for us a relationship and a partnership that will last for all eternity.

Today, we are being reminded that what gives us joy and inspiration every day are the WORDS of GOD.  What we simply need to learn to do is,  spend less time talking to God, but rather use more of our time listening to GOD.

Categories Pastoral Letter | Tags: , , , | Posted on September 21, 2012

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