Posted by: livingscripture | April 7, 2011

Fourth Thursday of Lent

From the Word of the Day


You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf.  But you do not want to come to me to have life.

                                  John 5: 39-40                                                                 


How should we live this Word


The Word draws all its validity from being the revelation of what is most profound and proper to the person.  It is a handing over, a gift the other gives me, by introducing me into intimacy.  By considering the Word only as an object of accurate and deep study, we risk killing it or altering its authentic meaning. 

This is what happened to the cultists of God’s Word arguing with Jesus.  They dedicated their life to exegesis.  They know the entire text but they have lost contact with its Author.  They know the graphic signs that it contains, but they are not capable of recognizing the living Word of God that stands before them and seeks to give them the life they think they can arbitrarily appropriate.

They did not unknowingly trip upon some serious equivocation.  Theirs is voluntary and thus they have consciously distanced themselves from the truth, thereby closing themselves to eternal life.

We run this same risk today when we reduce the sacred text to an instrument of personal gratification because of our competence or our ease of interpretation and we forget that those pages were written to deliver a presence that questions our life.  The Word puts me into contact with Jesus, the only goal in approaching the Word.


In my pause for silent contemplation today, I will approach the Word as the presence of Christ who questions me personally and offers me His gift of life.


Lord Jesus, living Word of the Father, grant me a heart capable of listening and a firm will to adhere to it.


The voice of Simon the New Theologian, 10th Century Greek Monk


The Lord said, “Search the Scriptures.”  Therefore search them and remember with much fidelity and faith what they tell you.  In this way you will know God’s will clearly…and you will be able to distinguish good from evil without error, instead of listening to any spirit and being dragged away by unhealthy thoughts.


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