The birds are back. I am so glad to hear their chirping. Hearing the birds, makes me think of the music associated with the liturgical seasons. Hymns during Advent talk about "Do you hear what I hear?" "Hark, the herald angels sing," and "Let heaven and nature sing." Jesus was birthed hearing the animals in the stable. And surely, Mary sang lullabies.
While the early weeks of Lent are quiet, not soon enough, the chubby robins break the silence announcing the earth's reawakening. With Palm Sunday, we begin the the noise of a welcoming crowd that give way to angry shouts of hatred, then sobs of anguish from Jesus' followers.
What do you hear as you approach the Cross during this time of Lent? Describe the sounds that are in your heart. Do you hear noise or music? Perhaps there is a chorus that calls for repentance, forgiveness, celebration, or reconciliation? Please take a few moments to pray to better hear God's voice.