One of the Old Testament passages frequently quoted in popular reference works is from the Book of Ecclesiastes. “There is a reason for everything,” it begins, “a time for every occupation under Heaven:
A time for giving birth,
a time for dying;
A time for planting;
a time for uprooting what has been planted.
On and on it goes, listing twenty-eight different “times” for this and “times” for that, including,
A time for knocking down,
a time for building;
A time for tears,
a time for laughter” (Eccl. 3:1-4) …and so on.
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus makes an important addition to that list:
A time for listening. Luke…
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