Scripture Readings: Isaiah 50:4-7; Philippians 2:6-11; Luke 22:14-23:56
Blessed are we who hear the Word of God and keep it. Words that you may have heard as you walked into Church by way of the main entrance.
Blessed are we who hear the Word of God and keep it. Isaiah the Prophet says the same thing (in our First Reading):
“Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear.”
Blessed are we who hear the Word of God and keep it. One scripture scholar has shared, “God’s Disciples hit the floor every morning listening. Listening for what they missed in God’s word yesterday. Listening for something God had not even mention yesterday.”
Blessed are we who hear the Word of God and keep it. Even St. Luke zeros in on listening and on how God wishes us to show mercy on any given day, in any place, and to any individual.
(The Miraculous healing of the servants severed ear… “Father forgive them, they know not what they do,” says Jesus from the Cross. “Today you will be with me in paradise,” says Jesus to the repentant sinner)
This is the “Word of God” that St. Luke would presume followers of Jesus would not only hear, but actually carry out.
Blessed are we who hear the Word of God and keep it.
It takes a lot of effort to hear God’s Word, as Disciples of Jesus may we continue in making the efforts to: hearing God’s Word – hear Jesus. It might even make it easier to put it into practice.