Listening is a special skill that we have to learn. Listening to my own heart or the heart of the world, I will be tempted to eat, drink, and be merry. Listening to the prophets, Moses with the commandments, and most especially to Jesus requires the discipline of prayer and discernment. The rich man does not listen; he fails to hear the cry of the poor. The upshot of the readings is not just about our attention to the poor, but about our listening capacity.