Wednesday, February 7, 2007

"Obedient Listening to the Word"

This year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity focused on the biblical value of "listening".

In this regard, Jesus says explicitly: "Blessed ... are those who hear the word of God and keep it" (Lk 11:28). Indeed, to Martha worried about many things, he said that "one thing is needful" (Lk 10:42). And from the context it becomes evident that this "one thing" is the obedient listening to the Word. Therefore, listening to the Word of God is a priority for our ecumenical commitment. Indeed, it is not we who act or who organize the unity of the Church. The Church does not make herself or live of herself, but from the creative Word that comes from the mouth of God.
from Pope Benedict XVI's Homily for the Week of Christian Unity, Zenit

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