The end of today's first reading from Isaiah 49 contains what seems to be a rhetorical question. "Can a mother forget her infant, but without tenderness for the child of her womb?" In today's culture of death, we know that fat too often, the answer is yes.
In the Gospel today from John 5, Jesus talks about hearing His voice - both now and after death. "Whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live."
I believe Jesus speaks to us in many different ways. Most often, it is in the silence of our hearts. And too often, I'm afraid, we can't hear Him. Why? Because of the hardness of our hearts. A closed heart and a closed mind results in closed ears. Jesus said, "Ask and you will receive." Let's ask for open ears, that we might truly hear His voice today.
Father, open our hearts and minds, that our ears may be open to hearing the voice of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
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