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<< Monday, August 5, 2002 >> Dedication of St. Mary Major
Jeremiah 28:1-17
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Psalm 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102 Matthew 14:22-36
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"This very year you shall die, because you have preached rebellion against the Lord. That same year, in the seventh month, Hananiah the prophet died." —Jeremiah 28:16-17

In this corner, we have the prophet Jeremiah. In the opposite corner, we have the prophet Hananiah. In the early rounds of this battle of the prophets, Jeremiah prophesied: "Repent or be led into exile." After that prophecy proved true, Jeremiah prophesied: "Repent or stay in exile." Then Hananiah countered with: "Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: 'I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon' " (Jer 28:2). Jeremiah countered with: "But the prophet who prophesies peace is recognized as truly sent by the Lord only when his prophetic prediction is fulfilled" (Jer 28:9). Then Hananiah broke the yoke which had been on Jeremiah's neck (Jer 28:10). He did this as a sign that the exile would soon end. Jeremiah countered: "Thus says the Lord: By breaking a wooden yoke, you forge an iron yoke!" (Jer 28:13) Then Jeremiah delivered the knockout punch: "Hear this, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, and you have raised false confidence in this people. For this, says the Lord, I will dispatch you from the face of the earth" (Jer 28:15-16). Hananiah, who had prophesied freedom within two years, died within two months of his false prophecy.


  • Repent.
  • Tell the truth.
  • Fight false prophecy with true prophecy.
  • Obey God.
Prayer: Father, may I set my heart on "spiritual gifts — above all, the gift of prophecy" (1 Cor 14:1).
Promise: "Take not the word of truth from my mouth, for in Your ordinances is my hope." —Ps 119:43
Praise: Mary, while pregnant with Jesus, prophesied, "His mercy is from age to age on those who fear Him" (Lk 1:50).
(For related teaching, order our leaflet, Seek Prophecy.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 7, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 12, 2002
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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