“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 13:13-16

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Jesus said,

“This is why I speak to [the people] in parables:

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Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

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In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

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‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’

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But blessed are your eyes because they see,

and your ears because they hear.”

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– Matthew 13:13-16 (NIV)

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REFLECTION…

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Only well-disposed people grasp the meaning of God’s words,

and it is certainly not enough just to hear them physically.

In the course of Jesus’ preaching

the prophetic words of Isaiah come true once again,

and, sadly, they remain true today.

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Each one of us is at times hard of hearing, hard-hearted and dull-minded

in the presence of God’s grace and saving word.

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It is not enough to be familiar with Scripture

and with the teaching of the Church.

It is absolutely necessary to put our faith into practice,

with all that it implies

– morally, as well as in the manner in which we live.

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To obey the Lord’s teachings and His commands

we are called to self-discipline and self-denial.

However so many, so often, harden their hearts,

and prefer not to see or hear the truth

and immediate self-satisfaction becomes the order of the day,

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It seems that we no longer care about eternal salvation,

if we believe in it at all!

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In any case, God gives every soul opportunities to meet Him,

and each of us has to be sensitive enough to grasp them

and not let them pass.

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So, what about me,

what is my attitude, and how am I living my life?

In matters of faith, am I like that proverbial ostrich?

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Come, Lord Jesus, help me see, hear, and live Your Truth.

Heal my heart and bless me, O God.

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