Daily Meditation for January 19, 2010

by Renee Domeier, OSB

To be ecumenically-minded, we need to have open ears and welcoming hearts, that is, be good listeners to persons, differentiating lovers of what we hear and to whom we listen. It is so easy to take sides, make assumptions which, though formed in a split second, become part of our belief system, whether they are true or not. Listening to the other, weighing what we hear and striving to withhold judgment need to be chosen behaviors on our part. This entails laying aside our need to control and, rather, engaging in others’ wisdom and experience. Could this kind of behavior not result in fewer crippling divisions, both in society and in our churches? Again, in our weakness there lies the possibility of change and conversion out of isolation into communion.