March 3, 2016 Jeremiah 7:23-28; Luke 11:14-23

March 3, 2016      Jeremiah 7:23-28; Luke 11:14-23

Let’s look a little closer at the first reading.

God gives an instruction to the people … LISTEN to my word!

Then … His word comes across very clearly … “I will be your God … and … you will be my people.”

Sounds like a plan!

And … then God says … here is how to do that … “Walk in all the ways that I command you … so that you may prosper.” The plan sounds even better!

BUT … now we hear how the people responded … they turned their backs … they hardened their hearts.

Not so good!

Bring this all into our daily reality. What does this mean for us?

Just like people of all times … we need to LISTEN to God’s voice … to let God be God … and we be God’s people. Most of all … we need to keep our hearts soft … open … to however God’s word comes to us … so that we recognize the graces and opportunities that are all around us as we move through our day.

And … if by some chance we missed that message … today’s responsorial sums it up for us … “If today you hear God’s voice … harden not your hearts.”

Let us pray that refrain for ourselves and for each other as we approach the end of this third week of Lent.

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