July 13, 2008
“…For the heart of this people has grown dull…” (Matthew 13:15)
I read today’s Gospel on my way out to preach at an evangelistic rally. After reading verse 15 above, I couldn’t help but sit down for a few minutes to write this post…
Reminds me of the great german musical composer, Ludvig Van Beethoven. He who has written several masterpieces known the world over had one major physical limitation — he was totally deaf. In fact, one well-attested story goes that at the end of the premiere of his Ninth Symphony, he had to be turned around to see the tumultuous applause of the audience; hearing nothing, he began to weep.
So how was Beethoven able to keep composing one masterpiece after another despite his gradual loss of hearing? They said, that Beethoven listened to music more with his heart than with his ears.
Such is the power of the heart.
On the other hand, the world today are filled with people who can physically hear, but are completely deaf in their hearts…
The busy father who doesn’t have time for his wife and children…
The hard-nosed businessman who was willing to pay a government bribe just to win a bid…
The misguided teen ager who finds refuge in parties and vices to deaden the pain of a broken home…
Jesus cannot be more accurate when he said:“…For the heart of this people has grown dull…” (Matthew 13:15)
Dulled by pain, ambition, cynicism and hypocrisy. And that is why I will do what I will do in a few hours from now. I will stand before that crowd and preach the good news. For if there is anything that can awaken a dull heart and a slumbering faith, it is the timeless message about God’s unconditional love for all of us.
Today, may I invite you, not just to open your ears as you listen to the homily of the priest. Instead, go a step further and open your heart. God speaks there more than anywhere else.
And just like Beethoven, when you listen with your heart, you cease to become ordinary. You will be transformed. You will become God’s masterpiece.
Have a blessed weekend!
I remain, yours in Christ,