Friday, October 5, 2018

How to open your heart? Step one: listen

"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." --Ernest Hemingway: (1899 – 1961: was an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist.)
Gospel Text: (LK 10:13-16)
Jesus said to them,
"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented,
sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon
at the judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum, 'Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.'
Whoever listens to you listens to me.
Whoever rejects you rejects me.
And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me."

Throughout the ages we have been challenged by the trauma and chaos of the day and we have been encouraged by God’s real presence in the world, despite the trauma and chaos. Jesus is admonishing us to listen to his messengers. We should respond to this challenge by discerning who is around us with the authentic Word of God and look for who is setting boundaries between good and evil. Let us use today’s lesson to open our hearts to His message and renew our moral compass in the midst of the trauma and chaos of 2018.

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