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St. Francis of Paola

Isaiah 49:8-15
Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18
John 5:17-30

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"Hear His voice." —John 5:28

Would you like to audibly hear God's voice? Do you know how God's voice sounds? "The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over vast waters. The voice of the Lord is mighty; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars" (Ps 29:3-5). "The voice of the Lord strikes fiery flames; the voice of the Lord shakes the desert, the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests" (Ps 29:7-9).

Because Jesus is God and the Son of God, His voice is like His Father's. It sounds "like the roar of rushing waters" (Rv 1:15). Jesus promised: "I solemnly assure you, an hour is coming, has indeed come, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have heeded it shall live" (Jn 5:25). Jesus also promised: "An hour is coming in which all those in their tombs shall hear His voice and come forth. Those who have done right shall rise to live; the evildoers shall rise to be damned" (Jn 5:28-29). The dead, the saved, and the damned will hear Jesus' voice.

Will the living hear His voice today? If today you hear His voice, "harden not your hearts" (Ps 95:8).

Prayer:  Father, may I fearfully, reverently, and attentively hear the love in Your voice.

Promise:  "Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you." —Is 49:15

Praise:  St. Francis of Paola gave his life to Jesus at the age of thirteen.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 30, 2013

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