People of many faiths celebrate this time of year. Dr. Jack Hough was a committed Christian, and Christmas held a special place in his heart. Many have heard the story of the star, Bethlehem, the manger, the magi, and the shepherds. I’d like to bring your attention to Luke 2:20. “And the Shepherds returned, glorifying God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told to them.”
Hearing is the most relatable of all the senses. It’s not surprising Luke uses the word “heard” in this verse, then mentions sight, then again mentions hearing! Did you know this Greek word for “heard” is repeated 641 times? The Greek word for “seen” is only used 277 times. Why do you think references to hearing are more prevalent than to seeing in relation to God?
In the early church, as in many other faiths, the stories were first spoken – not written. As St. Paul exclaims in Romans 10:17, “So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.”
Dr. Jack Hough found great inspiration in Luke 14:35, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” What surrounds this verse is a focus on the cost and importance of discipleship. Let’s focus on the cross to restore our relationship with God and with one another.
No matter our beliefs, we can serve one another this holiday season through love and charity. Happy holidays!