WHOEVER HAS EARS OUGHT TO HEAR
This has been a phrase Jesus used at the close of his serious teachings. It means that God has formed us with ears to hear and the ability to understand the commandments of the Lord by the working of the Holy Spirit. We must respond to that by obeying them.
This hearing is not just an external hearing, but hearing with a good heart to produce its fruit. Jesus used this phrase when the teaching was important, difficult to comprehend, and to stir up the immediate attention of the listeners for action.
Jesus told his disciples, “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” (Jn 14:26). Let us listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in us to listen, understand, and practice the Word of God.