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Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Scripture Readings

In today's first reading I am drawn to the statement, "This is what I commanded my people: Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people." The Lord tells us to listen to his voice.  While this sounds easy, it is often challenging to hear God's voice, in order to listen. Amid all of the noise of our lives, we must discern the Lord's voice.  We can not expect to naturally and organically just hear his voice. We need to carve out time and space in which we are intentionally listening for the Lord's voice. We can hear his voice when we engage in daily prayer, when we spend time with the scriptures and when we create daily, intentional times of silence.   

With all that I juggle in life, I do not find setting this time apart easy, but I do know that it is essential.  I feel unbalanced and incomplete if I do not carve out this time to hear the Lord's voice. And what are we to do when we hear the Lord's voice? Our responsorial psalm tells us how to respond - harden not your heart. We are to listen to his voice with openness, thanksgiving and praise. Truly hearing the Lord's voice often challenges us to rethink our priorities, change our habits and refocus ourselves on God.

This Lent I pray that we are each able to carve out some time to hear the Lord's voice, to listen to what he is asking of us and to open our hearts to follow what he is asking of us.  Amen.

- AJ Grimm