Listen to Him

Listen To Him

Mary welcomes Him from her heart,
And nestles at His feet to hear
Each word His lips are to impart –
Her mind is attentive and clear.

Like parched soil in early spring,
Her heart awaits to hear Him speak;
The rains of grace shower, stirring
Her heart to hold the Word she seeks.

The Word she hears becomes like seed:
In listening, this Word is sown;
The rains of grace nurture her need,
For this Word to mature full-grown.

He will speak to the heart that hears:
That cherishes the Word He brings;
That opens to Him as He nears –
And responds with heart-felt stirrings.

The seed that bears fruit is the Word;
How fertile are the hearts that heard!

Holy Spirit, open our ears
And hearts to welcome the Word in;
Form in us a true heart that hears
That the Word may take root within. Amen.

References:

St John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel

Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2653, 2654, 2667

(c) Paul Buis, 2005

 

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