Have you ever heard the phrase, “How many times have I told you”? Often the phrase can come from the voice of the parent is reprimanding the child who hasn’t heard the request of the parent. The parent is challenging the obedience of the child. The child has heard the parent make the request but the child hasn’t comprehended, that is it goes in one ear and out the other! Time and time again the child is told this or that yet still fails to understand. However, note that the parent only discusses this and brings it to the  attention of the child because the parent  knows what is best for the child, it is a service of love

The Jewish people, whom are being addressed by Baruch, in the first reading today, are people who have not heeded the voice of the Lord. They are like the children who have heard the request of the parent but have not carried it out. Now in retrospect, they (the Jewish peole) are filled with shame as they come to the realization that God has been constant in proclaiming his percepts, primarily through his servants, the prophets. “We have been disobedient to the Lord, our God, and only too ready to disregard his voice”.
They repent of their wickedness before their God “each of us went off after the devices of his own wicked heart, served other gods and did evil in the sight of God.
The fourth Eucharistic prayer uses similar language. The priest prays on behalf of the people. He prays: Even when we disobeyed you and lost your friendship you did not abandon man …Again and again you offered a covenant to man, and through the prophets taught him to hope for salvation.  How often have we refused the friendship of God in the sense that we think we know what is best? Praise God who is forever patient. We are impatient. Praise to our God who is forever faithful we are constant in unfaithfulness towards God. We give  praise  to  God who wins us to himself with love

The trouble with the people that Baruch addresses is that they didn’t obey the voice of the Lord. Obedience comes from the Latin word ob-audiere- meaning to listen. God is in constant dialogue with us – but do we listen? Do we attune ourselves to his voice? As the psalmist states, “if today you hear his voice harden not your hearts”. We have sinned – each of us going our own way. Yet we have the opportunity to repent and seek the mercy of God. Let us repent and turn from the wickedness that lies hidden in our hearts and listen again to the voice of the Lord.

How can I hear and listen to the voice of the Lord in my daily life. How does the God speak to me?

Lord, touch my heart and mind that I might hear you. Help me to be attentive to the sound of your voice, Amen