And your priest’s homilies are too long?

“When the apostles were gathered together to break bread, Paul talked with them, intending to depart on the morrow; and he prolonged his speech until midnight. There were many lights in the upper chamber where we were gathered. And a young man named Euthychos was sitting in the window . . . sank into a deep sleep as Paul talked still longer; and being overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. But Paul went down and bent over him, and embracing him said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” And when Paul had gone up and had broken bread and eaten, he conversed with them a long while, until daybreak, and so departed. And they took the lad away alive and were not a little comforted.” (Apostles 20.7-12)

Reflection: Paul began to talk with the apostles one afternoon, then the talk continues to midnight, and “a young man named Euthychos” is overcome by a deep sleep and falls from a third story window! Euthychos survives the fall. And what does Paul do? He talks until daybreak!

We are frail. And we easily tire. Spiritual attentiveness and listening are skills that must be cultivated, nourished, and practiced, not with just our ears, but our entire being. Listen to God.