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<< Friday, March 12, 2010 >>
Hosea 14:2-10
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Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17 Mark 12:28-34
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"If only..." —Psalm 81:14

When parents talk to their children, they sometimes feel they are talking to a wall. Imagine how the Lord feels! God laments: "If only My people would hear Me..." (Ps 81:14). Let us listen to the Lord speak:

  • "If My people, upon whom My name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek My presence and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and revive their land" (2 Chr 7:14).
  • "If only My people would hear Me, and...walk in My ways...I would feed [them] with the best of wheat, and with honey from the rock I would fill them" (Ps 81:14, 17).
  • "If, then, you truly heed My commandments which I enjoin on you today, loving and serving the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your soul, I will give the seasonal rain to your land...Thus you may eat your fill" (Dt 11:13-15).
  • "Act on this word. If all you do is listen to it, you are deceiving yourselves" (Jas 1:22).

The Lord tells us: "My sheep hear My voice...They follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish" (Jn 10:27-28). "Once you know all these things, blest will you be if you put them into practice" (Jn 13:17). "Let him who has ears to hear Me, hear!" (Mk 4:23)

Prayer: Father, give me "ears open to obedience" (Ps 40:7).
Promise: "I will heal their defection, I will love them freely; for My wrath is turned away from them." —Hos 14:5
Praise: Michael frequently draws upon experiences of his own fatherhood to better understand the ways of God the Father.
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
(Come listen to the Lord at our retreat center in Adams County. Apr. 16 begins a series of retreats to deepen your relationship with God. Go to or call 937-587-5464 for information.)
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant the Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") for One Bread, One Body covering the period from February 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010.
†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 26, 2009.
The Imprimatur ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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