May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. John Vianney

Learn more about St. John Vianney: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=399

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/080418.cfm

The priests and prophets said to the princes and to all the people, “This man deserves death; he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.” Jeremiah gave this answer to the princes and all the people: “It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and city all that you have heard. Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds; listen to the voice of the LORD your God, so that the LORD will repent of the evil with which he threatens you. As for me, I am in your hands; do with me what you think good and right. But mark well: if you put me to death, it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves, on this city and its citizens. For in truth it was the LORD who sent me to you, to speak all these things for you to hear.”

Thereupon the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve death; it is in the name of the LORD, our God, that he speaks to us.”

So Ahikam, son of Shaphan, protected Jeremiah, so that he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

Being a prophet from God was a dangerous position and still is. When you speak the truth, people do not want to hear it, they want to hear what makes them feel good and that may not be the truth. We see today that those who speak the truth are ridiculed and harassed, people do not want to hear what they have to say. How comfortable are you with the truth? Can you listen and learn? Can you speak the truth? Will you speak the truth?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I need your strength and courage to speak your truth. Help me to never forget that your truth does not change and that you will always be with me when I stand up for you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Lord, in your great love, answer me.

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