According to an old Slovak proverb,” God gave us two gates on our mouth (Teeth and lips), one gate in our eyes-
When I was a kid, whenever I went into the church, I used to play cars, gadget or even sleeping during the readings until the homily which I thought that it was the most boring part of the mass. When I entered the minor seminary, things remain the same I listened to the readings and homily but my mind was wondering in the outside. The only time that I would try to understand the Gospel is when I know that the priest presider will randomly call the sharer for the day. When I had my SD talk, my spiritual director told me,” If you will open yourself in faith and hope in God’s revelation of His plan, you can make a rapid progress in understanding its content.” Time came that I need to listen to my colleagues’ problems, they were seeking a person who will lend ears to them. At first, I don’t want to but it seems that it was a call of God for me to learn how to listen after that encounter I felt the joy in helping others, the joy in listening because of the wisdom you can earn by listening. Many times, whenever I prayed, I utter many things there were too many words that came out in my mind, I didn’t give Him a chance to touch my heart.
As time passes by, I learned to embrace the essence of magnum silentium, during this time I was able to communicate with Him, the time of establishing a good communion with God, and the time that I kept silent then allow God to talk to me. Ironically, my silent prayer was incredibly loud, interactive, and engaging. It was also emotional and intimate. The silence allowed God to speak to my heart in mysterious ways. In the midst of this earthly noises, God is continually speaking and touching our hearts by His word and messages in the sacred scriptures but sometimes He uses someone to deliver His good news to those who are longing for His love. Just like in the Gospel, “blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” He will continue to sow good seeds in us, it is up to us whether we will accept it or not, He will not stop until the day we will be able to say,” Dominus est—It is the Lord!”