checking our hearing

Today, Jesus tells us:

"No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.”

Take care then, how you hear. Those words jumped out at me from today's Gospel. Over the weekend one of the Sisters was saying how she's caught herself in a quandry lately. She prays each day for a certain political leader to have a change of heart, but then whenever she reads about yet another stupid thing the aforementioned leader has said or done, she finds herself full of anger and frustration. Is she really open to this leader having a change of heart?

Which got me thinking, are our ears (and hearts) really open? Whatever our political leanings, at times we are likely to be cynical and know what the answers are, if only they would ask us! Cyncicsm can filter what we hear though. It can filter the light from another's basket, and leave us in the dark.

And I have a feeling this happens to us not only in our following of major geo-political figures, but in our daily lives. Hmmmm... thinking about past frustrations where people just wouldn't listen. ... Was I listening?

So today, then, take care how you hear. I'm going to try mysef.

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