March 3, 2016 Thursday: 3rd Week of Lent
If Today You Hear His Voice…Turn
They are listening very intently. You can see their minds working, as their eyes close and open. The popular musicians who make up the panel on the TV show The Voice choose contestants to be on the show during blind auditions. They hear the potential contestants sing, but cannot see them. As they listen, they do not know the race, the age, and sometimes even the gender of the singer. They turn only for the voice.
What were the first words spoken by the mute man after he was cured by Jesus? Maybe he told a joke, or spoke words of love to someone. And there must have been the moment when he began to speak about this Jesus. His voice must have been compelling enough that it made people turn not toward him, but to Jesus. That same voice caused the religious leaders of the day to turn their backs to Jesus. They did not want to hear a voice that said that God is not interested in mindless religious rules. The ongoing challenge of faith is to be open to the voice that both comforts and challenges. The season of Lent asks us to consider our voices. Do they speak words of hope and forgiveness? Who might turn toward the Lord this Lent, because they heard your voice?
Loving God, use my voice this day to turn others toward your Son .
-Msgr. Gregory Malovetz
Magnificat Lenten Companion 2016