Friday of the Second Week of Advent
In the verse right before today’s gospel, Jesus says, “whoever has ears ought to listen”.
The promises given to those that hearken to the Lord’s teaching are encouraging: prosperity like a river, vindication like the waves of the sea, descendants like the sand, and your name never cut off or blotted out. The imagery is strong: a tree planted by running water yielding fruit in due season, leaves never fading.
To hearken means to pay attention and to give consideration. As a university community studying and teaching, we need to be a people that ponders, listens, and applies the message. These words today challenge us to hearken to the Lord and his ways so we do not become like chaff blown away by the wind but strong and flourishing like the tree beside running water.
“I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good and lead you on the way you should go.”
Let us take a few minutes today to hearken to what has our attention and to whom we are following. Are our leaves fading? Are we following the counsel of the wicked? Do we act like chaff in the wind? Do we hearken to the commandments and his law and do we allow the Lord to teach us?
“Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.”
Administrative Assistant, The Seminaries of St. Paul