Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.

Happy Valentines Day to you all.  In regards to Valentines Day, I have to share a quick story from last night.  My daughter Teresa is on the Varsity basketball team for her high school.  She was a starter to start the season but has struggled mightily all year and just hasn’t played up to her potential.  The team won last night, but she was again rather upset with her level of play and was not in a good mood when we got home last night.  In her frustration, she began complaining that she didn’t have enough one on one time with her boyfriend.  I asked her to explain, so she did.  It seems every time they get together, their surrogate mother (Mary) is with them ALL THE TIME, so Teresa asked if tomorrow, when she gives her boyfriend the gift she bought him, if they could have “alone” time for about 30 minutes.  As any good and loving father would do, I laughed and said “Not only NO, but HELL NO!”  Tears ensued.  Teresa then sat down to do her studying and a few minutes later I called her into the family room.  I told I had thought things over and was willing to bend just a little bit on her 30 minutes of alone time.  I gave her 2 options.  The first was (60) 30 second periods; the second was (30) 1 minute periods as long as they weren’t consecutive.  I don’t think that was the compromise she was hoping for…

Back to today.  I skip a couple of days and the kingdom falls apart.  I went from Samuel being granted the wisdom from God to the kingdom being split apart and Israel feuding amongst themselves because Samuel started worshiping false gods.  I guess a lot can happen in two short days.  The other thing that drew my attention this morning was the verse used for the Gospel Acclamation this morning…

Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.

St. Mary Magdalen confirmed our 8th graders on Wednesday night.  The words from the Meditation hymn we sang are still ringing in my ears.  It is a beautiful ringing too.  So my gift for you today is to post this song (written by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townsend) titled Speak O Lord.  The hyperlink will take you to the YouTube video but here are the lyrics for you to read and meditate on today.

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.

Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.

This is such a beautiful song; I hope it brings you some inspiration today.

Do something great for our Lord today – open your ears to hear His Word; open your mouths in praise of His name.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.

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