When do we hear the Word of God gladly?

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We hear the Word of God gladly, when we receive it in faith, keep it in our hearts, meditate upon it and live in accordance with it.

James 1:21: Receive with meekness the ingrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.

Luke 2:19: Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Luke 8:15: But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Luther says: “Any observance or work that is practiced without God’s Word is unholy before God, no matter how brilliantly it may shine.”

Assignment: Learn the festivals and seasons of the church year.