A very wise man once attempted to comfort a younger protege who seemed to have been the target of several slimy and vicious remarks from a coworker by stating the following: “whatever is ever said to you is never more important than the one who said it.” Now just think about that bit of advice for just a minute and then consider the passages with which we have been gifted today in the Scriptures. “Though princes meet and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes. Yes, your decrees are my delight; they are my counselors.” (Responsorial Psalm) Do we ever truly realize how many words and phrases are spoken to us in the course of any given day? Some are surely good and others not so. We received a glimpse of this in the First Reading in the ugliness hurled at Stephen. “We have heard him speaking blasphemous words against Moses and God.” What we can safely conclude from these two Biblical selections is that all of us throughout the entire span of human experiences have to decide quickly and wisely what we will allow into our ears and hearts and minds.
With that in mind, the Gospel screams for attention to the only voice that we can truly trust one hundred percent of the time and in every situation before us. “Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.’” Let us call to one another and challenge each other to pay even more attention to the words of Jesus uttered in the Scriptures for us especially in the coming week believing that it is not only important to see who is talking but also what he is saying.