Learning to Listen (Nineteenth Ordinary)

Jesus said, “Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bank robbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end being”. (Luke 12: 33 – 34)

The whole day, even before sunup, his son chattered away. They were on their first fishing trip together and his son was excited. It soon became clear that the boy hadn’t had much experience being quiet. Most of his activities – even at home alone in his room – involved noise. His video games were all noisy, his music was always on, at school the work was often done in groups, and his basketball team was one noisy bunch. And so the boy found it hard to be quiet. All the way in the car he chattered and asked questions. When they got to the lake other fishermen gave him the evil eye and paddled their boats away from the father and son team as fast as they were able. The whole day was one comment or question after another.

The father was not surprised when they arrived home and the boy continued his non-stop narrative, but this time he was filling his mother in on all that he had seen and heard. “It’s so quiet up there, Mum, and you can hear the birds singing and the bees buzzing and little animals came right up to the shore and drank from the lake and we saw a large bird overhead and a fallen tree is a good place to catch fish and some fishermen don’t catch and release but we did and it’s important to be real quiet so you can pay attention to where the fish might be”. So, the lesson had been learned after all; all he needed was a bit more practice.

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