“Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.”
Words from today’s Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 40.
God has always offered a means to reconcile ourselves with him.
Because we constantly need it.
But he prefers that we are obedient, and he have us ears to do so.
Obedience begins first with hearing.
We cannot obey unless we first hear the command.
But listening takes effort.
It doesn’t occur passively.
It isn’t easy at all.
It requires a movement of the soul.
It takes will.
Will against distractions.
Will against the uncomfortable silence.
Will against the fear of missing out.
It doesn’t take much to listen, but yet it requires everything.
A quiet place.
His Holy Presence.
Then, the heart moves and resonates with his Word.
And a miracle happens.
The divine communicates with creation.
In the silence.
Then, we obey.