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St. Peter Chrysologus

Jeremiah 26:1-9
Psalm 69:5, 8-10, 14
Matthew 13:54-58

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the people who turn me off

"No prophet is without honor except in his native place, indeed in his own house." —Matthew 13:57

Prophets are honored except in their native places. Nevertheless, God calls prophets to prophesy in their native places (see Ez 3:5-7). This presents a problem. The people God sends into our lives are the very people we don't want to listen to (see Jer 26:7-9). Therefore, we either refuse to listen to God's prophets and to God, or we must deny ourselves and listen to those whom we can't stand (see Jer 26:16).

Think of those to whom you have the hardest time listening. Some of these people bear the most important messages from God to you. Resist the temptation to dismiss these people and their messages. Intentionally ask your prophets to share with you what the Lord has put on their hearts. Take these words seriously enough to bring them to the Lord in prayer. Ask for humility and docility. Thank your prophets for sharing with you the things most difficult for you to take. Read the Scriptures with these things in mind.

Finally, obey God by responding to His prophets (see Jer 26:5), no matter how much resistance you feel against them.

Prayer:  Father, challenge my stubborn will today.

Promise:  "But I pray to You, O Lord, for the time of Your favor, O God! In Your great kindness answer me with Your constant help." —Ps 69:14

Praise:  St. Peter not only spoke eloquently but also was fiercely loyal to the Church's teaching and authority.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Am I Going to Heaven? on audio AV 54-3 or video V-54.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 29, 2009

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