Posted by: livingscripture | January 17, 2015

First Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“The Word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.  No creature is concealed from him.”

(Hebrews 4: 12-13)

How should we live this Wordlight

When we listen to Him today and make room in our heart for Him, we are building on rock.  When we make the effort to practice His Word, we are in vital contact with the person of Jesus.  He is the one who penetrates us, scrutinizes our most intimate sentiments, and casts light on what is not good within us.  If we let Him, He lances those ‘boils’ that we hesitate to recognize.  He removes them like a two-edged sword that may hurt us at the moment, but He does this with His deep and freeing love.The author of the Letter to the Hebrews could not have expressed more strongly the power of the Lord’s Word, so different from human words, even those most refined, illumined, and deep.  What is most surprising is that the sacred author immediately follows by using the masculine pronoun.  He does not say ‘from it’ but from ‘Him’.  He can only be referring to the LIVING WORD, the WORD “who was with God and was God” and “who became human and set up His tent among us”.  The power of the Word is the power of Jesus Himself.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this metaphor of the Word as a two-edged sword, but at the same time, I will listen to myself being invited to the Gospel Banquet of today where Levi, converted to Jesus, sits with Him in the company of sinners.  Yes, Lord, Your sword is not a threat but a liberating power.  There are two important things: above all, to believe that You are the living manifestation of the Father’s mercy, of his tender love for me.  Then I must recognize that I am a sinner.  I am not better than others.  There is in me the potential for dark, negative powers that could explode into choices that are contrary to Your Law of Love.  Help me to remain caught by the WORD-SWORD, Lord, as I trust in Your great mercy that wraps round me at every instant.

Jesus, I cling to You in Love. You are the only Word I need to listen to at each moment.  Help me to be attentive and open to You always! 

The Voice of St. Ambrose, Father of the Church 

The devil is not overcome with the sword, but with the Word of God.  Therefore, silence the human tongue.  Speak the Word of God!

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