"If today you hear his voice..."
"Hear the word of the Lord ... ," begins today's first reading at Mass (Isaiah 1:10, 16-20). "Listen to the instructions of our God..."
"Listen carefully, my child, to the master's instructions," writes St. Benedict in the very first sentence of his Rule for monks. "And attend to them with the ear of your heart." (This saying is depicted in the image above, a window from the Chapter Room at Saint Meinrad Archabbey. The Latin inscription is Ausculta: "Listen.")
"Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear," Jesus says many times throughout the Gospels.
Are you listening with the ear of the heart? What is God saying to you? Whatever that word may be, are you prepared to welcome it and put it into practice in your daily life?