Pay Heed To How You Listen (Lk. 8:18)
In a world where everything tries to make us seeing-blind and hearing-deaf it is necessary to look and listen with open eyes and ears. And these days that is not so simple. Cunning techniques make it possible to twist visible reality into lies. But with the spoken word this is more difficult. The human voice cannot conceal itself. To hear what is really meant you have to learn to listen right through the words.
“Pay heed to how you listen.” (Lk. 8:18) This instruction from Christ is a key to the reality behind the words. Whenever a person speaks something always sounds through it. (The Latin word persona (per-sona) literally means sound through.) What or who is sounding through when we speak? A blind person, who had developed the art of listening to great perfection, called this the moral music of the voice. The art of listening gives us the capacity to distinguish the voice of a stranger from the voice of Christ.
The Consecration of the Human Being is pre-eminently the place where we can develop this ability. Someone who had attended the altar service for many years said once: “Through the Consecration of the Human Being I have learned to lead a listening life.”
“Pay heed to how you listen.”
And if we not only listen to others, but can also inwardly listen, we will begin to recognize His voice also in ourselves. That is the Christ voice of conscience which wants to lead us like a shepherd through all the trials of life.
-Rev. Bastiaan Baan, April 23, 2023
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