Tuesday, xxviii. march mmxvii
(Ezekiel 1-9, 12 / John 5:1-3, 5-16)
Have it ever crosses your mind that the words “listen” and “silent” have the same letters just arranged differently?Yes because the two are inseparable. In order to listen one need to be silent. I remember 2 decade ago, our professsor Tero (Muraya) used to ask the students, “Me talk you talk who hear who?”
There are many time when we don’t listen to understand but we listen to to reply and that is why even when the other person is speaking we are already shaking our lips to reply. That is a communication crime.
This lead us to a liturgical mistake that has been introduced by Vatican II implementations. Many churches nowadays provide their Christians with leaflets of the Lectionary extracts and instead of them listening they all read. What is the use of lectors?
When we do not listen we give wrong replies. Jesus is asking a straight forward question to a man who has been sick for 38 years but the man start giving unnecessary stories.
Maybe after 38 years of disappointment this has become the only thing distracting his mind. He sees no other means to his yearning but a song of “pool-shake-run-Ooh! Somebody else has entered!”
As too we may be blaidered by our problems to a point of not listening to Jesus’ question. Jesus is asking us today: Do you want to be well again?
Let us learn to be silent as we listen and ponder on that question. May we understand that question and come to experience what Jesus wants to do for us.
St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us.