READ: IS 55:10-11

Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.


Lets look at the last five lines of our reading today. God the Son, Jesus, is the "word" that was, and is, "spoken" or sent out, by the Father. It was through his obedience to the Father's will, as fully God and fully man, that he made up for humanity's disobedience, bringing about the completion of God's plan to gather us back into His family. This was the "end" that God desired to be "achieved".

The question for us today should be one we ask constantly. How open am I, is my heart, to hearing the Word that the Father has spoken? Am I willing to let Jesus change my view of the world, my habits, how I see others? We can be confident that when we have an open heart, nothing can stop Jesus from accomplishing his task of restoring us to the Father. As we continue through Lent, let's let him do his work.

Opening your heart is a process. What is one step that you can take to open your heart to Jesus today?

To hear the Word of God, we have to be deaf to sin. Make a commitment to go to confession during Lent. Mark it on your calendar.

Overcoming our attraction to sin is just as important as overcoming sin itself. How does God's word help us to overcome our attraction to sin?

Take a moment to reflect on your prayer so far this Lent. How has reading God's word brought you closer to him? How has He made you "fertile and fruitful"? What is He still calling you to do?

RESPOND: PS 33: 4-5, 18-19, 20, 22

R. From all their distress God rescues the just. Glorify the LORD with me, let us together extol his name. I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame. When the poor one called out, the LORD heard, and from all his distress he saved him. The LORD has eyes for the just, and ears for their cry. The LORD confronts the evildoers, to destroy remembrance of them from the earth. When the just cry out, the LORD hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. R. From all their distress God rescues the just.


How are you going to keep an open heart to God's love and plan this week?

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