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Lenten reflection, day 7

Scripture readings: Jonah 3:1-10; Psalm 51; Luke 11:29-32

Caribbean parents often use the expression, “who don’t hear will feel.” This is said to a child to remind him of the importance of listening and obeying. Often we find ourselves in trouble because of a failure to listen to the advice of others who are more experienced.

In our first reading Jonah failed to listen and obey God and found himself in big trouble. But he’s in luck as “The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time.” Lent is a season in which the Church asks us to fast, pray, and give alms. God is always communicating with His people, but how well are we listening?

Often we could have avoided certain situations if we had only listened to God. When Jonah finally listened and obeyed God, the words that he spoke caused an entire nation to turn away from their sinful ways. Their lives were spared.

As we make this journey toward Easter, let us take some extra time to truly listen to the word of God in our lives, and when we hear those words, may we act upon them so that we may be blessed and also be a blessing to others.

Rev. Peter Hill, C.Ss.R.
St. Lucia, West Indies

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