Day 27: Listen to Hear

Day 27: Listen to Hear

Today’s Readings

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace”—that was my constant, earnest prayer for many years as I struggled to deal with some of the people I encountered in my work and personal life.

Many subsequent experiences of surprising and amazing grace led me to call myself  “God’s spoiled brat”. I was unexpectedly molded into a peacemaker—in my job, in my family, in my personal relationships—everywhere. Only a spoiled brat could be the constant recipient of so much undeserved answered prayer. I ask myself: why I was so surprised; did I not expect my prayers to be answered?

Joseph’s response in today’s Gospel gives me some insight. What he received through God’s emissary was clarity and understanding. Joseph listened, heard, accepted what he heard, and responded with a “yes,” because he trusted and believed that what he was hearing was true.  For me there was no emissary, no angel, no one to say to me, “This is what God wants to do in you,” and why (or so I thought).Day 27: Listen to HearBut, if I am truly honest with myself, I can say I trusted my prayer would be answered in God’s own time and way. And what I’ve come to understand is that there, indeed, was a wee, small voice that I couldn’t hear with my worldly ears; yet it was preparing, inviting, and guiding me to my “yes.”

We all are being invited to open our ears and hearts to listen and hear God’s call to us through whomever or whatever he chooses to use as his emissary. The Triune Spirit that resides within calls to us in quiet, sweet, and dulcet tones hoping we will respond with “yes” to what God wants to do in us and with us.

For Reflection:

  • Can you hear a voice calling you or guiding you somewhere or to something?
  • Do you trust what you hear?
4 replies
  1. Mary
    Mary says:

    I do hear that voice. and this Lenten season I have tried to quiet myself to hear it more clearly. Always trying, never perfect, continuing towards a more peaceful heart so I can hear God’s voice. Have a wonderful day.

  2. Dr.Cajetan Coelho
    Dr.Cajetan Coelho says:

    I often feel Ephphatha works both ways. God understands our longings. We too need to be opened to receive what all is coming.

  3. Sean
    Sean says:

    Thank you DiAnne for sharing your thoughts on the Gospel reading this week. I spent the last two years working in the middle school at Gesu and your words echo true to my feelings each day walking into school: trusting that God would answer my prayers on His time and in His way. Your parish community shaped my patience with and commitment to God over the past two years and, although I no longer live in Detroit, the Gesu community continues to inform my patience with trusting God’s pathway forward for me.

  4. sonja
    sonja says:

    When I don’t heed that small voice, it leads to big regrets. Yet still there is always another way to do God’s work. It doesn’t matter what road I take as long as I make a decision.


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