Saturday (September 22): "He who has ears to hear, let him hear"

Meditation: How good is your listening, especially for the word of God?  God is ever ready to speak to each of us and to give us understanding of his word.  Jesus' parable of the sower is aimed at the hearers of his word.  There are different ways of accepting God's word and they produce different kinds of fruit accordingly.  There is the prejudiced hearer who has a shut mind. Such a person is unteachable and blind to the things of God. Then there is the shallow hearer who fails to think things out or think them through; such a person lacks spiritual depth.  They may initially respond with an emotional fervor; but when it wears off their mind wanders to something else.  Another type of hearer is the person who has many interests or cares, but who lacks the ability to hear or comprehend what is truly important.  Such a person is for ever too busy to pray or too preoccupied to study and meditate on God's word.  He or she may work so hard that they are too tired to even think of anything else but their work.  Then there is the one whose mind is open.  Such a person is at all times willing to listen and to learn.  He or she is never too proud or too busy to learn.  They listen in order to understand.  God gives grace to those who hunger for his word that they may understand his will and have the strength to live according to it.  Do you hunger for God's word? 

"Lord, faith in your word is the way to wisdom, and to ponder your divine plan is to grow in the truth.  Open my eyes to your deeds, and my ears to the sound of your call, that I may understand your will for my life and live according to it."

This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: