for Sunday, February 1, 2009
Listening is crucial.
When it comes to the
Word of God, listening
is absolutely essential.
Today's first reading
and Gospel share the
theme of "listening."
Moses tells the people
that God will raise up a
prophet for them; God
is giving them a
prophet, since the
people were too
frightened when they
heard God address
them directly - the
people feel that a
human intermediary would be easier to listen to. But Moses
warns them: They'd better listen to God's prophet in that
caseónot listening will have consequences!
In the Gospel Jesus performs an exorcism. In doing so, he
demonstrates that even the unclean spirits listen to him. The
people who witness the event are amazed at this, and Jesus'
fame spreads. He is the fulfillment of that request from the
people long ago. He is prophet par excellence, speaking
God's Word. But even more: He is God's Word in flesh.
Hidden in the Gospel story is the unspoken question: Will
we listen to him? Will we choose to be part of his world, the
Kingdom of God that Jesus is bringing into our midst?
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