Listening to the “Ear of the Heart”
Many of you have heard me talk about my Grandmother and her teaching me about God. After she passed away, I was going through her things and came upon a box that contained clippings and notes that had special meaning for her. One of them was written by St. Benedict: “Listen, my son, to your Master’s instructions, and tend to them with the ear of your heart. This is the advice of a Father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put into practice.” I think St. Benedict is saying not to listen passively as you would to a song or a joke, but, instead, open yourself up so that you can clearly hear the words of God.
Listening in today’s world, with all of its noises and distractions, is not always easy to do.
Jesus seemed to always pray in silent and peaceful places, alone, away from people. I know when I converse with God I need a silent place. Silence allows me to listen more clearly with the “ear of my heart” and to be more aware of God’s presence in my life. God wants to speak with us, all we have to do is open our hearts and listen.
Prayer: Lord, help us to tune out the world’s noises and listen with out open hearts for your love and guidance.