2nd Sunday in Lent

St. Pius X | News
23 Feb 2018

When we look at our communication with God, it isn’t hard to see the many times when we are constantly checking to see if God is listening in hopes that he will respond to our needs.  In reality he hears us, but he asks us to listen to him as well. Twice in the Gospels the Father spoke audibly regarding Jesus.  The first time was at Jesus’ baptism when the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, listen to him.”  The second time the Father spoke audibly is recorded in today’s Gospel.  “This is my Son, the beloved, listen to him!”  This second statement from God the Father clarifies what the Father expects from us, what he sees as our primary responsibility: “Listen to Jesus.”  Therein is the essence of spirituality: be tuned to hear what he is saying.  If we simply are determined to actively develop the art of listening to Jesus, our lives would radically change, for the better.  A spiritual life requires discipline because we need to learn to listen to God, who constantly speaks but whom we seldom hear.  Lent should be a listening time for each of us. If we begin this listening practice today, we can be well on our way to establishing a life-giving habit of fulfilling the Father’s intention for us, to listen to his Son.