The voice

1 Kings 19:9-21, Luke 9:28-36

The Voice is a popular television show, a contest to find the newest singing star. Many have seen it. Four “coaches” listen to anonymous auditions and pick contestants for their team. Their only insight is the singer’s voice. In the end, the coach hopes that voice will lead them to victory.

Throughout scripture, there is voice that calls people to follow. The prophet Elijah heard this voice, he listened and obeyed. Isaiah’s prophecy serves as a voice in the wilderness, later echoed by John the Baptizer, calling people to prepare the way of the Lord. Jesus himself hears the voice of the Father proclaiming him to be his “beloved Son.”

Today, the people continue to hear the voice of God through Holy Scripture. God’s voice rings loud and clear through liturgy, prayer, reading and preaching. God’s voice calls and guides, teaches and instructs, calms and reassures. His voice brings us hope for forgiveness and salvation, especially as we obey the voice of our Father in heaven commanding us to listen to his beloved Son. His is the voice that saves.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, speak to your children, for your servants are listening. Amen.

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