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Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17
Psalm 25:4-9
Matthew 21:23-27

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"I too will ask a question." —Matthew 21:24

Sometimes we pray and talk to God, even questioning Him, but He doesn't seem to answer. We wonder if He's even listening. One reason for this is mentioned in today's Gospel reading. The chief priests and elders asked Jesus two questions (Mt 21:23). Jesus replied that He would not answer their questions until they answered His (Mt 21:24). "Their answer to Jesus was, 'We do not know.' He said in turn, 'Then neither will I tell you on what authority I do the things I do' " (Mt 21:27).

Jesus loves to ask questions such as: "Who do you say that I am?" (Mt 16:15) "Do you love Me?" (Jn 21:17) "Where are you?" (Gn 3:9) "Do you want to leave Me too?" (Jn 6:67) "Do you really believe?" (Jn 16:31) "What are you looking for?" (Jn 1:38) "Are you confident I can do this?" (Mt 9:28) Will you repent and forgive? Do you love Me with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength? (see Mt 22:37) The Lord has many other questions for us.

Jesus is asking you a question. Don't say: "I don't know" (see Mt 21:27). Answer Him in love.

Prayer:  Father, may Jesus get His questions answered this Advent.

Promise:  "A Star shall advance from Jacob, and a Staff shall rise from Israel." —Nm 24:17

Praise:  Charles had lost his marriage and nearly his life by having it his way. He turned to the Lord and started living by God's way.

Reference:  (Read the Bible daily. Order any or all of these tapes: Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ, AV 82-1, V-82, How to Pray the Bible on audio AV 82-3 or on video V-82, How to Read the Bible on audio AV 46-3 or on video V-46, Principles of Bible Interpretation, audio AV 79-1, video V-79.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 30, 2014

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