Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

The Greek philosopher, Plato, devoted a good deal of time to listening to music. Plato was quite certain that listening to music could move us to our depths.  Music could also, without our noticing it, corrupt our souls by attuning us to patterns of emotional disorder. Plato warned us that we should never underestimate the power of the music to which we listen.

Jesus told his disciples, “Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear” and “take care what you hear.” Let us examine the kind of music to which we have been listening. How many hours do we spend listening to music on our smart phones and other electronic devices? Perhaps, it’s time to spend more time listening to God’s voice. Can you try to listen to God’s voice with great attention for five or ten minutes every day?

January 29th, 2015