Today, we’ve heard and participated in the celebratory parade with Palms, singing “All Glory Laud and Honor,” walking down the
When I lived in the Holy Land in the 1980s, on Palm Sunday, Christians of all denominations and languages would gather on the
This morning our readings take us to other places as well however—places where we do not hear “Hosanna.” Did you hear our gospel reading? Was
Instead of hosannas, we heard, “Crucify him!” We not only walked with
What does our first reading from Isaiah have to say?
“The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”
The people of
God teaches, and then the prophet teaches. He is both a speaker and a listener. He can only speak because he listens. His ears were as engaged as his tongue. The prophet will listen both to God and to the people. By listening to the people, the prophet will understand their experience, their weariness. By listening to God, he will know how God is acting in the midst of the grief and weariness.
Have you ever wondered how
I heard a story recently. A man had a special place in his home where he would spend time in prayer and reading the scripture. He was spending around a half an hour a day before going to work. He was having a great time in prayer and devotion and really sensed God’s presence. He started getting busier and busier at work. He was under such pressure and was so tired, so the time was cut back to 10 minutes. Then some days he just didn’t get up early enough to pray and maybe once or twice a week he made the time. After a while he couldn’t remember how long it had been since he’d gone to his special prayer place…maybe a month or more. So, one Saturday, he walked into the room and saw someone there.
What would happen if we treated members of our family that way? What if your spouse or children only talked to you when they needed something and never told you how much they love and appreciate you?
God wakens our ears to listen.
We all have those hard things in life we have to face: sickness, death of a loved one, divorce, or betrayal by a friend. What has sustained you through the rough times? What has been the touchstone for you? Have you allowed God to speak those words of encouragement and healing? In my life there have been those times when all I could do hold on to was God. What about you?
God has called each of us into his service by virtue of our baptism. We are called to speak and live for
A couple of Fridays ago, a few of my classmates and I went to a restaurant in
Old Testament scholar,
The idols have ears but do not hear…
So unlike you, for all your hearing…
So like us, ears but do not hear.
You have endlessly summoned us: shema,
We mostly do not… in our narcissism,
In our recalcitrance,
In our departure from you.
So we pray for ears, open, unwaxed,
Call us by name… so that we know,
Call us to you… so that we live,
Call us into the world… so that we care,
Call us to risk… so that we trust
You speak/ we listen/ and comes life,
Beyond all that we ask or think…
Our ears to hear your word of life.