“To day if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Psalm 94:8, Douay-Rheims) These words, penned by the psalmist David, are a reminder of the importance of openness and receptivity to the Word of God in our lives. In the busyness of our daily lives, it is all too easy for our hearts to become hardened, closed off to the gentle whispers of God’s voice. We are bombarded by the noise of the world, the demands of our schedules, and the distractions that surround us. In the midst of all this, God is continually reaching out to us, inviting us into a deeper relationship with Him. But are we really listening? Are our hearts open to receive His message?

Hearing God’s voice should be of the disposition of our hearts. It is about being attuned to the very presence of God in our lives, recognising His guidance and love, and responding with a heart that is soft and pliable, ready to follow His will.

How can we ensure that we do not harden our hearts when we hear God’s voice? In the stillness of prayer, we create a special place where we can truly listen to God. It is in the moments of quiet contemplation that we are most receptive to His voice. Make time for daily prayer, even if it is only a few minutes of silence, to allow God to speak to your heart.

The Bible is a primary way through which God communicates with us. Regularly reading and meditating on Scripture opens our hearts to His teachings and guidance. Let the Scriptures and the readings you hear at Mass be a source of inspiration and guidance in your life.

Being part of the parish is vital. In the company of fellow Catholics, we can encourage one another to remain open to God’s voice. Share your spiritual journey with others, and together, you can help discern God’s will. Sometimes learning from the trials of others is a helpful way to learn to progress in our faith. It is often in times of difficulty and suffering that our hearts can become hardened. Instead of resenting these challenges, view them as opportunities to grow closer to God. Trust that God is with you, even in the midst of trials, and He can use these experiences to mould your heart.

When we hear God’s voice, it is essential to respond with obedience. Our faith is not only about listening but also about acting on what we hear. Trust that God’s plans for your life are filled with love and purpose.

As we reflect on the psalmist’s words today, let us remember that God’s voice is always present, calling us to a deeper relationship with Him. Let us strive to keep our hearts open, soft, and receptive to His guidance. In doing so, we will experience the life-changing power of God’s Word in our lives, drawing us closer to Him and enabling us to live as His faithful sheep.

May God bless you +

Fr. Charles