25th Week in Ordinary Time

Advising His followers to listen carefully, the Lord counted as family anyone who truly heard and acted on the Word of God. Like lighting a lamp, the Lord came to enlighten us. He taught that what we do can serve as effectively as putting a lamp on a lampstand. Herod the tetrarch (son of King Herod) heard speculations that John the Baptist, Elijah, or an ancient prophet had arisen and appeared as Jesus. The Disciples heard those rumors, too. Listening to the Word of God, do we sometimes take to heart only what we want to hear and let the rest get hidden away?