Pentecost +17 - Year C
Let’s see, Chapter 14 ended with “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”
Now, Chapter 15 opens, “Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him.”
Just taking those at face-value it might seem as though the folks structurally left out of the religious power loop were the ones best able to listen.
Presuming so, who are the folks who will be listening best in your realm of influence?
If you just run with a religious crowd there may not be anyone, including yourself, who can listen to transformational rejoicing. If everything is aligned, the scriptures and creeds all cohere with no discrepancies, and G*D is in charge—what is there to listen to? Isn’t it just a waste of praise time?
When it comes to the lost, there is no time to lose. Listen for a cry. Find.