There’s a preliminary question: How does Jesus listen to me?
- Father George: “I am a sinner. Teach me how to be repentant.”
- Jesus: “If you love me, keep the commandments.”
- Father George: “I am sorry for my sins. Please, forgive me. Keep me close to you.”
- Jesus: “I forgive you.”
- The entitled: “But Father George! Father George! You’re not listening! That’s not what we mean at all! Your listening is to be about us changing the doctrine and morality of the Church because we’re entitled to change the Church into our own image! If you don’t agree with out entitlement, you’re just not listening closely enough! Listen up, Father George!”
- Father George: “Just place your finger into the nail-prints in Jesus’ hands, and your hand into His side, into His Heart. Listen to His Heart beating even while pierced through.”
I remember a conversation with The String Puller For All® in which I insisted on Jesus crucified being important. His reply was this: “The crucifixion of Jesus demonstrated that He was a failure.”
He didn’t get that this was the victory, as demonstrated by the Soldier who did hear what that Heart sounded like when he rammed his sword into the side of Jesus. And having listened, he said: “Truly this was the Son of God.”
Are we listening to the witness of that soldier? Are we listening to the Word of God Incarnate?