The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it.”
Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):
If we will try to connect the shape of our two ears we will come up with the heart shape. Listening also needs our heart to deepen the message that we received not just hearing it.
I remember during our Spirituality 2 class, Morton T. Kelsey in his book says that “the fine art of listening will unlock more doors into life than anything else we can think. In addition, for him the true listener is one who is quiet and yet sensitive towards another person, open and active, receptive and alive. Listening is participating in another life in the most creative and powerful way.”
We can see here the true importance of listening which is also the invitation of the Gospel, like Mary who listened to the will of God through Angel Gabriel and obeyed it. She did not just listened but she believed, lived and obeyed God’s word. How about us? Do we listen to God or we just listen to what will benefit ourselves? In the context of the seminary, listening to fraternal correction is important. It will serve us our guide and will provide a room for improvement. Regarding this, we need to be objective in giving feedbacks that are constructive.
Today’s Gospel is an invitation for me not just to listen but to act on and obey what I have heard especially in the word of God. The challenge for me is to develop silence within me in order for me to fully listen and allow myself to hear the will of God.