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Pope St. Callistus I

Joel 4:12-21
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
Luke 11:27-28

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"Blest are they who hear the word of God and keep it." —Luke 11:28

A woman exclaimed that Mary was blessed by being the mother of Jesus (Lk 11:27). Jesus replied that those "who hear the Word of God and keep it" are more greatly blessed.

Many of us have been blessed with good health, great wealth, many children, beautiful families, fame, exceptional intelligence, success in business, power, abundant possessions, or countless other blessings. Nevertheless, none of these blessings can compare with hearing the Word of God and keeping it, for God's law and Word are "more precious than thousands of gold and silver pieces" (Ps 119:72). When we hear God's Word, we hear God and thereby grow in faith (Rm 10:17) by which we accept the grace of salvation (Eph 2:8). Jesus promised: "My mother and My brothers are those who hear the word of God and act upon it" (Lk 8:21). "Blest are your eyes because they see and blest are your ears because they hear. I assure you, many a prophet and many a saint longed to see what you see but did not see it, to hear what you hear but did not hear it" (Mt 13:16-17).

"Blest is the man who reads this prophetic message, and blest are those who hear it and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near!" (Rv 1:3, our transl)

Prayer:  Father, may I let You "bless me real good."

Promise:  "A fountain shall issue from the house of the Lord." —Jl 4:18

Praise:  The future Pope St. Callistus I learned to pray to the Sardinian martyrs in the Sardinian mines. The Lord enabled him to demonstrate extraordinary forgiveness throughout his life.

Reference:  (Hear God's voice by reading the Bible every day. Listen to or download these series on our website to help you. Overview of the Bible is six CDs starting with CD 10A-1 or three DVDs starting with DVD 10-A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty CDs starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is thirty-two CDs starting with CD 21-1 or seventeen DVD's starting with DVD 21.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 12, 2017

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