The well-known phrase "Listening with the ear of your heart" can be found right in the first verse: "Listen carefully, my child, to the master's instructions and attend to them with the ear of your heart."
This is how Benedict prefaces the Rule. This is also how this New Year 2014 has been prefaced and introduced to us by Benedict.
Listening with the ear of your heart - This is all about awareness. How do I notice God's presence, God's actions, God's way of communicating with me? This has to be a special way of being aware. It is the awareness that we call "prayer" or "meditation". This kind of awareness goes deep down into my very being.
I would like to give you an example of such a meditation:
In the Easter Vigil, when the Easter candle is lit and the total darkness of night is permeated by that light, we sing, "Christ our Light!" Liturgy sharpens our awareness around the meaning of darkness, light and fire.
“Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
I have taken you from the first verse of the Prologue all the way to Emmaus! Listening with the ear of your heart takes us on such journeys of growing awareness. In this year 2014, what would it be like for you to listen with the ear of your heart as a spiritual practice, a way of praying? What would it be like to have your heart on fire and an ever growing appreciation of how God communicates with you?