An expression of love is to take time to listen so that one may understand. Too often people are quick to jump to conclusions without allowing space for either an explanation or proper clarification. We see this reality played out in today’s gospel (Jn. 8:51-59), where Jesus is speaking on one level but the people are responding on a different plane.
As we journey through life, be intentional in our listening; seek to be empathetic; strive to understand; reserve judgement and be open to God’s love which unites all people.
Lord Jesus, You are Word made flesh who speak life and love to those whose choose to listen. But our limited understanding, and ego-centric thoughts and perceptions, prevent us from fully appreciating Your guidance. Help us to be better Disciples who seek to grow in Your wisdom, so that we can become effective evangelisers in our world. Amen.