Fr. Dan Ferrandiz
For the U Matuna Si Yu’os
husband and wife were at a party chatting with some friends when the subject of marriage counseling came up. Confident, the man said, “We will never need that. My wife and I have a great relationship. She was a communications major in college and I majored in theatre acting. “
He continued, “She communicates well and I act like I’m listening.”
To be an effective communicator, one should have the ability to hear or listen. True hearing involves far more than just physical hearing. True hearing incorporates paying attention and focus.
The Scripture is the WORD of God, living and active. God speaks to us in different ways through the W-O-R-D. First, He speaks to us from W-WITHIN us. In the parable of the sower the seeds buried deeply in the soil are the ones that bore fruit abundantly. In the Scriptures, when Peter was asked, “Who do you say that I am?” His answer was based on intuition. “Blessed are you Simon for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my heavenly Father.” Peter’s understanding was coming from within. So pay attention to your inner voice we call conscience”.
Spend more time reading the Scriptures. Pay attention to what you’re reading, understand what you feel, sense and think about the words. It’s a tricky thing to tap into, but the more time you spend reading and listening, the better you understand and the more familiar you hear the voice of God speaking to you.
Second, God’s message can come from O — OTHERS. Sometimes the clearest words from the Lord come through other people. Perhaps it’s because it’s easier to hear God’s voice with things that aren’t so close to us. Sometimes it comes in the form of good advice or admonition from people close to you. Someone else was listening to God, and he told him to tell you something. And sometimes it simply comes as a reminder of what is true.
Check what you hear against Scripture. God will never contradict his Words. If we understand this then we are able to R — RESPOND appropriately. And if we respond properly then we are on the way to true D — DISCIPLESHIP. The mark of a true disciple is fruitfulness in life.
Jesus expects urgency from us. Listening to His Word is important because it will reveal to us the urgency of the particular action that He expects from us. He said, “He who has ears ought to hear.” In the world of language, words like should, ought and must are words that suggests urgency. These words carry a degree of obligation and duty. Therefore, there is an urgent call to listen.
The question now that is appropriate to ask to all of us is, “How Well Do we listen?” Jesus tells us the benefits of good listening is essential to bearing fruits. In the parable of the sower, the only kind of soil (heart) capable of bearing fruit was the one that listened with urgency. “Some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit a hundred, or sixty or thirtyfold.”
W-O-R-D means understand God from WITHIN; and from OTHERS who bring us the GOOD NEWS. RESPOND properly to what you hear and become DISCIPLES of the WORD — grow and bear fruit.