He wakes me to listen like a disciple

March 20, 2008

I realized yesterday reading was the same as the one in Palm Sunday. It’s from Isaiah.

[4] The Lord GOD has given me
the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with a word
him that is weary.
Morning by morning he wakens,
he wakens my ear
to hear as those who are taught.
[5] The Lord GOD has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
I turned not backward.

The translation from Jerusalem bible used the word “disciple”. It says

“he wakes me to listen like a disciple.
The Lord has opened my ear.
For my part, I have not resisted,
neither did I turn away.”

This is what a disciple ought to be. To listen to the Master. The reading shows as if all the work belongs God’s work. It is He that teaches and trains the disciple. It is he that even wakens our ears. But for us, the disciple, we are simply invited to follow, and not to resist. We are invited not to turn away.

Have we been resisting God all this time? Have we shut the doors of our heart? Have we no longer listen to His voice in our conscience, or the Scripture, or even through the Church?

He is our shepherd, He will lead us through the green pasture. For our part, we are simply invited not to resist his gentle calling, we are invited not to turn away from him.