On the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where do you want us to make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is near; I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
Here the disciples act as Jesus asked. They listened, they acted. St. Benedict begins his Rule with “Listen, child of God…” When I read his Rule, I felt that those first words were the entirety of the Rule; the rest is but commentary. Listen! My world is constantly bombarded with sound – some helpful most not. With the level of noise around me and so much happening, it’s all too easy for me to neglect listening for God. Yet, listening is a much-needed grace in my life as God’s child. Listening in daily Scripture readings and listening for God’s purpose in the voice of those around me helps me learn to discern God’s direction. I want to listen; and, sometimes I actually can and do listen. It’s then that I hear that God loves me, that God is urging me on in my life – in the task for the day, in a relationship, even in preparing a meal.
The Rev. Jerry Gaeta