Jesus words struck home because he listened with full attention to where people were coming from. Do we have the humility to listen, deeply and truly, to the people we meet? Long ago Zeno pointed out that we have two ears and one mouth – so that we may hear more and speak less.
We all have times when we feel gloomy – emotionally and/or spiritually. Sometimes the gloom threatens to take over. A good thing about faith is that it can challenge gloom. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” (Psalm 43:5)
When life was very busy and challenging for Jesus, he got up very early in the morning and found a quiet place where he could pray to God his Father. Does this give us a cue for what should be our first priority when we seek the renewal of church life? Authenticity at the level of spirituality might be what the church needs most to connect with people where they are today.