March 7, 2013

Jeremiah 7: 23-28

But this command I gave them, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you.” Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backward rather than forward. From the day that your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day; yet they did not listen to me, or pay attention, but they stiffened their necks.

They did worse than their ancestors did. So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. You shall say to them: This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

Stop, Look, Listen

Sometime in the not too distant past I found in my top dresser drawer a cassette recording tape from a long gone and pitched telephone answering machine. I forgot why I kept the unmarked tape. After searching for a machine to play it on (since now everything seems to be digital), I was stopped in my tracks when I heard the voice.

It was my Mom’s mom—my Grandma who died in the late 1980’s. Hearing her voice again made me stop everything so I could listen. I mean really listen to her words to me, especially her laughter.  She was in love with her family, including me. In just a few sentences of a message I not only heard her voice, I heard her intent of  love and encouragement, plus the request to see if I could pick her up and take her to the beauty parlor. She, in her own way, was Good News. She was a face, a voice of God.

Jeremiah’s blunt words to call a people back to who they really are begin with a command of the Lord: “LISTEN to my voice people.”  We are called to do more than just hear; we are called to listen deeply to what He says and respond to Our God who loves us and lives now in our midst, not just in heaven but also here on earth.

So, today, where is the Lord in the midst of all the noise we hear? Where is His voice? In whom can you hear God today? Be open to being surprised and stopped in your tracks of life to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN for the Lord who is here now in His people.

Like hearing a voice from the past on an answering machine, may you stop and remember the command of the Lord to LISTEN. Hear the Gospel. Listen to the Gospel. Be the Gospel Our Lord has called you to be, for we are Good News for the world.

—Fr. Walter Deye, S.J., Socius/Executive Assistant to the Provincial, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits.

Prayer

Lord, we pray that we are open to you so we can hear your voice in the ordinary activities of the day. We will fill our spirit with your words as you say: “Listen, I am God and you are not. I am in love with my people. I choose you. You are mine.  Follow me. Do for others what I lovingly do for you.”

—Fr. Walter Deye, S.J., Socius/Executive Assistant to the Provincial, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits.

 


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Prayer

Lord, we pray that we are open to you so we can hear your voice in the ordinary activities of the day. We will fill our spirit with your words as you say: “Listen, I am God and you are not. I am in love with my people. I choose you. You are mine.  Follow me. Do for others what I lovingly do for you.”

—Fr. Walter Deye, S.J., Socius/Executive Assistant to the Provincial, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Stop, Look, Listen

Sometime in the not too distant past I found in my top dresser drawer a cassette recording tape from a long gone and pitched  telephone answering machine. I forgot why I kept the unmarked tape. After searching for a machine to play it on (since now everything seems to be digital), I was stopped in my tracks when I heard the voice.

It was my Mom’s mom—my Grandma who died in the late 1980’s. Hearing her voice again made me stop everything so I could listen. I mean really listen to her words to me, especially her laughter.  She was in love with her family, including me. In just a few sentences of a message I not only heard her voice, I heard her intent of  love and encouragement, plus the request to see if I could pick her up and take her to the beauty parlor. She, in her own way, was Good News. She was a face, a voice of God.

Jeremiah’s blunt words to call a people back to who they really are begin with a command of the Lord: “LISTEN to my voice people.”  We are called to do more than just hear; we are called to listen deeply to what He says and respond to Our God who loves us and lives now in our midst, not just in heaven but also here on earth.

So, today, where is the Lord in the midst of all the noise we hear? Where is His voice? In whom can you hear God today? Be open to being surprised and stopped in your tracks of life to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN for the Lord who is here now in His people.

Like hearing a voice from the past on an answering machine, may you stop and remember the command of the Lord to LISTEN. Hear the Gospel. Listen to the Gospel. Be the Gospel Our Lord has called you to be, for we are Good News for the world.

—Fr. Walter Deye, S.J., Socius/Executive Assistant to the Provincial, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Jeremiah 7: 23-28

But this command I gave them, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you.” Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backward rather than forward. From the day that your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day; yet they did not listen to me, or pay attention, but they stiffened their necks.

They did worse than their ancestors did. So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. You shall say to them: This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)


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March 7, 2013

Jeremiah 7: 23-28

But this command I gave them, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you.” Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backward rather than forward. From the day that your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day; yet they did not listen to me, or pay attention, but they stiffened their necks.

They did worse than their ancestors did. So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. You shall say to them: This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

Stop, Look, Listen

Sometime in the not too distant past I found in my top dresser drawer a cassette recording tape from a long gone and pitched telephone answering machine. I forgot why I kept the unmarked tape. After searching for a machine to play it on (since now everything seems to be digital), I was stopped in my tracks when I heard the voice.

It was my Mom’s mom—my Grandma who died in the late 1980’s. Hearing her voice again made me stop everything so I could listen. I mean really listen to her words to me, especially her laughter.  She was in love with her family, including me. In just a few sentences of a message I not only heard her voice, I heard her intent of  love and encouragement, plus the request to see if I could pick her up and take her to the beauty parlor. She, in her own way, was Good News. She was a face, a voice of God.

Jeremiah’s blunt words to call a people back to who they really are begin with a command of the Lord: “LISTEN to my voice people.”  We are called to do more than just hear; we are called to listen deeply to what He says and respond to Our God who loves us and lives now in our midst, not just in heaven but also here on earth.

So, today, where is the Lord in the midst of all the noise we hear? Where is His voice? In whom can you hear God today? Be open to being surprised and stopped in your tracks of life to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN for the Lord who is here now in His people.

Like hearing a voice from the past on an answering machine, may you stop and remember the command of the Lord to LISTEN. Hear the Gospel. Listen to the Gospel. Be the Gospel Our Lord has called you to be, for we are Good News for the world.

—Fr. Walter Deye, S.J., Socius/Executive Assistant to the Provincial, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits.

Prayer

Lord, we pray that we are open to you so we can hear your voice in the ordinary activities of the day. We will fill our spirit with your words as you say: “Listen, I am God and you are not. I am in love with my people. I choose you. You are mine.  Follow me. Do for others what I lovingly do for you.”

—Fr. Walter Deye, S.J., Socius/Executive Assistant to the Provincial, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, we pray that we are open to you so we can hear your voice in the ordinary activities of the day. We will fill our spirit with your words as you say: “Listen, I am God and you are not. I am in love with my people. I choose you. You are mine.  Follow me. Do for others what I lovingly do for you.”

—Fr. Walter Deye, S.J., Socius/Executive Assistant to the Provincial, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Stop, Look, Listen

Sometime in the not too distant past I found in my top dresser drawer a cassette recording tape from a long gone and pitched  telephone answering machine. I forgot why I kept the unmarked tape. After searching for a machine to play it on (since now everything seems to be digital), I was stopped in my tracks when I heard the voice.

It was my Mom’s mom—my Grandma who died in the late 1980’s. Hearing her voice again made me stop everything so I could listen. I mean really listen to her words to me, especially her laughter.  She was in love with her family, including me. In just a few sentences of a message I not only heard her voice, I heard her intent of  love and encouragement, plus the request to see if I could pick her up and take her to the beauty parlor. She, in her own way, was Good News. She was a face, a voice of God.

Jeremiah’s blunt words to call a people back to who they really are begin with a command of the Lord: “LISTEN to my voice people.”  We are called to do more than just hear; we are called to listen deeply to what He says and respond to Our God who loves us and lives now in our midst, not just in heaven but also here on earth.

So, today, where is the Lord in the midst of all the noise we hear? Where is His voice? In whom can you hear God today? Be open to being surprised and stopped in your tracks of life to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN for the Lord who is here now in His people.

Like hearing a voice from the past on an answering machine, may you stop and remember the command of the Lord to LISTEN. Hear the Gospel. Listen to the Gospel. Be the Gospel Our Lord has called you to be, for we are Good News for the world.

—Fr. Walter Deye, S.J., Socius/Executive Assistant to the Provincial, Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Jeremiah 7: 23-28

But this command I gave them, “Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that I command you, so that it may be well with you.” Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backward rather than forward. From the day that your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day; yet they did not listen to me, or pay attention, but they stiffened their necks.

They did worse than their ancestors did. So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. You shall say to them: This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished; it is cut off from their lips.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!