Are You Listening?

Are You Listening?

by Jessica De Luca

Following the Epiphany of our Lord, our weekly readings have reminded us that God speaks to each one of us. You may recall the story of Samuel hearing the voice of the Lord, or Jesus calling his disciples in Galilee. Entering now the fourth week of Ordinary Time, we are being asked more directly – Have you heard God’s call? Are you listening? This may seem like a daunting question. In my own journey of faith, I had often struggled to hear God’s call, even at times when I especially hoped for God’s guidance. With help from a friend, I realized that what I lacked in my relationship with God were moments of silence. Although I found the silence fruitful, it was not an easy solution. In fact, finding time to sit with God in silence each day requires discipline. As our second reading tells us, our anxieties can stop us from making space for God in our daily lives. “O that you would listen to the voice of the Lord. Do not harden your hearts!” Along with the readings, Psalm 95 challenges us to act. Are you listening? If you have heard God’s call, how will you respond? When we do hear God calling, we are propelled into action. All of us are instructed to live God’s message through our words and deeds, everyday. As we draw near to World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life, let us keep in mind those who have heard God’s call, and serve the Lord as Sisters, Deacons, Brothers, Priests, and Lay Ministers. May we all grow to know God by opening our hearts to hear God’s voice. Amen.

Sunday’s Readings:

  • Deuteronomy 18.15-20
  • Psalm 95
  • 1 Corinthians 7.32-35
  • Mark 1.21-28