to Listen -Homily July 13, 2014 –Fr. Higinio
Today Jesus is teaching with the parables of the sower
a great mystery: to listen to the word of God and put it into practice.
The seed is the Word of God. The path, rocky ground,
thorns and good soil are our souls. It depends on us how we listen and live the
Word of God.
times I remember the advice of my brother: first read or listen to the
question, and after try to answer. “If you do not know the question, you
probably will give the wrong answer”.
One practical and effective way to listen is silence.
Silence is important, and can help us to listen, to reflect, to
think in order to act in the best way.
An observation of St Augustine’s is valid: Verbo crescente, verba deficiunt (“when the
word of God increases, the words of men fail”).
Mother Teresa said interesting things about silence
that we want share with you:
“In the silence of the heart God speaks; let God fill
us, then only we speak. Often we say uncharitable words. They come from us,
from our heart, not from God speaking through us, because we are not listening
“God cannot deceive or be deceived. Then if we keep
silence, silence does not need to be corrected; if we speak, if we answer back,
we make mistakes”
“There can be no real silence in my heart if there is
something I do not forgive, if there is something that I do not forget. I am
busy with that one –so I cannot hear… How can I hear what God is saying if
something is there in my heart?”
“In the silence of the heart God speaks. An empty
heart God fills. Even Almighty God cannot fill a heart that is full –full of
pride, bitterness, jealousy- we must give these things up. Silence of the
heart, not only of the mouth –that too is necessary- but more than that:
silence of the mind, silence of the eyes, silence of
touch. Then you can hear Him everywhere: in the closing of the door, in the
person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, the animals –that
silence is wonder and praise. Why? Because God is everywhere and you can see
and hear Him.”
If we keep silence, we can meet Jesus in our neighbour and the activities we daily live. There is a
beautiful prayer of Mother Teresa, where she describes who Jesus is, and how
she founded him:
“Who is Jesus to me?
Jesus is God.
The Son of God
Person of the Blessed Trinity
The Son of Mary
The Word made Flesh.
Jesus is the Word I
The Light I lit
The Life I live
The Love I love
The Joy I share
The Peace I give
The Strength I use
The hungry I feed
The naked I clothe
The homeless I take
The sick I nurse
The child I teach
The lonely I console
The unwanted I want
The mentally ill I
Jesus is the helpless
The beggar I welcome
The leper I wash
The drunkard I guide
The Bread of Life I
The Sacrifice I offer
The Cross I carry
The pain I bear
The prayer I pray
The loneliness I
The sickness I accept
Jesus is my God.”
Our Lady pondered the words of God in her heart. We
too like her must learn that silence which will enable us to ponder His words
in our hearts and so grow in love.