I turned my head, and listened, really listened. I listened with concentration on those quiet steps. They were coming closer I knew that because I was so focused, their steps seemed to reverberate in my chest.
My head was tilted just so. It was like there was nothing else in the house except me and those footsteps. Have you ever listened like that? Have you ever been just a little afraid and listened like that?
Although my ‘intruder’ ended up being my son I remember the focus and concentration that those moments held.
Whenever I read in scripture, “do not be afraid,” or like in today’s readings (JN14:27), “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid,” I recall this moment.
It is a challenge to try and listen to the Lord with this focus and concentration.
If in my fear, worry, anxiety, or deliberating, I stop, tilt my head just so and listen to Christ’s words. I hear not footsteps of fear, but the response of of the Lord of the Universe, the creator coming to give me, “His Peace”.
It takes practice to listen this way. Think about how you listen. Think about how you listen in fear. Now tilt your head just so….
“Peace I leave with you: my peace I give to you……Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (JN:27)