JER 7:23-28; PS 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; LK 11:14-23
Reflection: Ah, how God knows our weakness and He knows that we must be reminded time and again of our need to obey Him, to listen to Him, and to follow Him. “Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.” Unless we follow God, fully and completely, we will scatter and be an evil people that has turned their backs on God. We have no need to request a “sign” of God’s presence, for He sent His son to dwell among us and to die for us. Will we be yet another nation “that does not listen to the voice of the Lord, its God, or take correction?” Have we lost our faithfulness, or are we a people that is strong, obedient, and willing to stand up and speak out for our faith and for our God?
Reflection for younger saints: God has reminded us again that we are to give our whole lives to love and serve God and to follow His commandments. He sent Jesus to die for our sins to show us how much He loves us. Now, we must follow His commandments and show God how much we love Him.
Big Picture: Listen to God’s voice
Younger saints: How is your memorization of the Ten Commandments coming? Read through the Ten Commandments again today. Are there any of the Commandments that you have trouble keeping?
Older saints: Reflect on the closing sentence of the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah: “Say to them: This is the nation that does not listen to the voice of the Lord, its God, or take correction. Faithfulness has disappeared; the word itself is banished from their speed.” How would you describe our nation? Are we being faithful and obedient to God? How can change your life to be more faithful? How can you be a better outward example of being faithful to God?
Fun Fact: During the Mass there are opportunities to both give and receive, and to both speak and listen.
Saint of the day:
Name: Saints Perpetua and Felicity
What they are remembered for: Saint Perpetua was a well-educated young woman of noble stature who, in-spite of the urgings of her father to denounce of Christian faith, lived a faithful life. She and Saint Felicity, a slave woman and expectant mother, were forced to participate in the public games as a result of their faith. They were both beheaded for their faith.
Feast day: March 7
“When my father in his affection for me was trying to turn me from my purpose by arguments and thus weaken my faith, I said to him, ‘Do you see this vessel—waterpot or whatever it may be? Can it be called by any other name than what it is?’ ‘No,’ he replied. ‘So also I cannot call myself by any other name than what I am—a Christian.’” Saint Perpetua