Thursday, December 22, 2016
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Book of Hours, Visitation, Walters Manuscript W.267, fol. 38r
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb….” Luke 1:39-48a
Elizabeth reveals an intuitive deep listening in her inspired exaltation! Without uttering words about
cultural and familial complications, her holy burst of joyful recognition cries out ‘Yes’! She marvels at being present to what God is doing. She recognizes and receives the ‘Good News’; she simply gets it!
In these Advent days of preparation, might Elizabeth say to us, ‘Do you hear what I hear?’ Might we hear the voices of holy Presence in the midst of all the noise? How will I receive what I hear? Will I choose to translate it into obstacles or perhaps join in leaping across thresholds?
Opening the ears of our hearts to mystery doesn’t mean ‘turning a deaf ear’ toward clay-hard circumstances that surround us. But we have a calling to listen with eager expectancy for a sign of God’s working in our daily grit. Truly hearing involves listening ‘with skin on it’. It involves our whole selves: feelings, memories, hopes, wisdom, and gut reactions.
In all the sights and sounds may the Holy Spirit grace us with the assurance that all is in God. And may we answer ‘Yes’!
- Dorothy Dahli