Let us open our eyes to the deifying light, let us hear with attentive ears the warning which the divine voice cries daily to us, "Today if you hear His voice, harden not your hearts."
Our Father Benedict seeks here to inspire in us a disposition of urgent attention so that we may perceive our true selves, deified in God's own light. This urgency is set against our own lethargy and tendency to harden our hearts to the light and voice of God. It is set against procrastination and ambivalence--the thought that we can fulfill our calling without giving our all.
St. Benedict strikes this tone at the outset of the Rule because one's disposition at the beginning of a journey sets one's course. As we begin again, let us do so with earnest, eager, urgent attention to what the Spirit is saying in the actual circumstances of our real lives, the circumstances where God is waiting to be revealed.