Listening

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 87, 90 (Morning)
Psalm 136 (Evening)
Gen. 29-1-20
Rom. 14:1-23
John 8:47-59
 


Listening

Once we learn to speak, we hardly ever shut up. Case in point, toddlers, parents, sports announcers, politicians and many others. It’s part of the human condition to share knowledge and tell stories. However, the quieter I become, the more I can hear. This is true in marriage, in the classroom, in relationships and in a deep state of meditation.

In John 1:1 he states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” What is the ‘Word’ of God? The Greek word logos included a strong philosophical meaning and seemed key to understanding the relationship between the transcendent God of the Bible and the human world. Its meaning included any articulate thought; any logical and meaningful utterance. Logos gave order and shape to the process of thinking. (A.E. Harvey)

When Jesus tells his inquisitors they are not of God, I take this to mean that they do not know God because they are not listening—not to God, not to Jesus—they will not hear him. We come to know someone or something by listening. John is telling us that coming to know God is an immense and powerful experience and requires one to be still and listen. I believe we have a need to identify with our own spiritual self and to seek to hear.
 


Written by Elaine Williams

Elaine is a longstanding member of St. Paul’s, who hopes she does not ever again draw a passage from John.

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