06 Aug Listen to Him (Mark 9:7) by Dr. Rich Reich
“Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; then from the cloud came a voice, ‘This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.'” ~ Mark 9:7 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: The Lord has spoken to us, but are we listening? He formed us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). Before we were born, He knew us and consecrated us (Jeremiah 1:5). From our mother’s womb, God has set us apart and called us through His grace (Galatians 1:15). We are created in God’s own image (Genesis 1:27). We are called to rescue those who are being dragged to death (Proverbs 24:11) and told not to shed innocent blood (Jeremiah 7:6, Exodus 23:7, Proverbs 6:17). Are the Lord’s words not clear about the Pro-Life message? In today’s Gospel, God’s voice is loud and clear: “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him” (Mark 9:7). If you are not convinced that God is Pro-Life, LISTEN TO HIM. If you have friends or family who are not Pro-Life, allow God to speak through you so that they may listen to Him. Lord, help us to not be distracted by politics and personal agendas so that we may listen to You. Amen.
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the LIFE Group Devotions and the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Satellite Beach, FL. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Put politics and personal agendas aside and listen to God’s message about the value of all human life, born and unborn.
Feast Day: The Transfiguration of the Lord
Faith Quote: “At his Transfiguration, Christ showed his disciples the splendor of his beauty, to which he will shape and color those who are his: ‘He will reform our lowness configured to the body of his glory’” (Philippians 3:21) (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae).
* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion (images) is #1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/spassage/?searchacrifice/mercy). Mt 28:19.