In today’s Gospel reading, we read the story about how Jesus healed the deaf man:
[Jesus] took [the deaf man] off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”) And [immediately] the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. — Mark 7:33-35
Most of the time, we cannot hear God’s voice because there are obstacles that are preventing us from hearing Him:
- Our busyness
- Our daily worries and anxieties
- The deadlines we have to meet at work
- The noises in the real world
- The noises in the world of social media
- Our sins
- Our regrets and frustrations
- Our lack of faith that He truly is present
- Our laziness to pray
And the list goes on.
Today, let us offer these impediments. Let us offer to God the things that are holding us back from praying, from listening to Him. Let us offer the obstacles that are preventing us from hearing His voice.
For God is always speaking to us, especially in the silence of our hearts. We only need to listen.
P.S. In every moment, listen to Him.