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Mass Reading & Meditation for September 19, 2011
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Meditation: Luke 8:16-18

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“Take care, then, how you hear.” (Luke 8:18)

What matters most to Jesus is not how much we hear but what we do with the truths that we do hear. He doesn’t want his words to go in one ear and out the other. He wants to see us putting them into action in our daily lives!

Of course we hear many things from Scripture and the church that we do not fully comprehend. Like Mary, it is appropriate for us to store these away and pull them out from time to time, turning them over and asking the Holy Spirit to give us new insights and further understanding.

But much of what we hear is not all that difficult to understand. In many cases, we do know what God expects of us, but we find ourselves reluctant to do it. We know we should set aside time to pray and read Scripture daily. We know we should receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly. We know we should forgive that person who hurt us so long ago. We know we should intercede for our sick neighbor. We know that even the smallest task in our daily life can be done with love for the glory of God. Yet we can find these things very difficult to do.

In today’s first reading from the Book of Ezra, the pagan ruler Cyrus invites God’s people, who have been living in exile, to return to Jerusalem and rebuild their Temple. Some accept this invitation, having kept alive the hope that they would someday be able to return home. But others are not interested. They have settled into a comfortable lifestyle where they are, and they don’t want to venture into the unknown with no guarantee of success.

Like them, we may find it easy to turn away from God’s invitation to hear his word and to put it into practice. However, our patient Father continues to invite us back. Let’s lean on his chest so that we can hear not only the words he speaks to us but also the beat of his heart. It is filled with love for us—and for everyone he sends our way.

“Father, your words are spirit and life. Bring to my mind the loving word you are longing to speak to me and through me today. Then give me the courage to act on what I hear.”

Ezra 1:1-6


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