God spoke and the world and the universe existed. By His powerful Word, He brought forth all things. He has spoken to humanity in many ways throughout time. He speaks silently and unceasingly through His Creation.
He has also spoken to humanity through the Holy Bible for it is truly His Word. God’s Word is a powerful source of instruction, wisdom, strength, peace, joy, encouragement, hope, and guidance.
12 For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.~Hebrews 4:12
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” ~Matthew 4:4
I have restrained my feet from every evil way, That I may keep Your Word. … 103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.~ Psalm 119: 100–105
Furthermore, it is important to be receptive and well-disposed to hear the Word of God so that His Word will bear fruit in our lives. The Parable of the Sower from last Sunday’s Gospel reading emphasizes this point.
Excerpt from the Parable of the Sower:
” ‘A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path,
and birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil.
It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep,
and when the sun rose it was scorched,
and it withered for lack of roots.
Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it.
But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Whoever has ears ought to hear.’
… ‘Hear then the parable of the sower.
The seed sown on the path is the one
who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
and the evil one comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.
The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy.
But he has no root and lasts only for a time.
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away.
The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.
But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.” ~Matthew 13
The Word of God in our daily lives
Make time in your day to read the Bible to be nourished spiritually, and grow in faith, knowledge, and love of God.
One can even incorporate the word of God into daily prayer such as praying the Scriptural Rosary. The Scriptural Rosary provides a Bible verse to think about as you pray each Hail Mary according to the particular mystery. For example, one of the scriptures provided for the Third Joyful mystery (The Birth of Jesus) is: “Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
The Liturgy of the Hours is another form of prayer which is based on the Holy Scriptures– especially the Psalms.
Applying the Word of God to our lives
Once we know the word of God, we must then obey His word and put the word of God into practice in our lives. In fact, it is through obedience to God that He fills us with His grace, strength and wisdom to enable us to live holy lives in the midst of various situations and circumstances. Obedience to God’s Word comes from love of God.
“22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only …~James 1: 22
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.”~Psalm 19: 8–11
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” ~ John 14:23
The Holy Mass
During the Holy Mass, we receive Christ, who is God, in Word and Sacrament. During the Liturgy of the Word, we hear passages of the Bible. It is God Himself who always speaks to our hearts through the Bible passages. Let us give due respect and honor to the Word of God during the Holy Mass. For example, it is necessary to arrive early or on time to Mass in order to hear God’s Word. Furthermore, we must listen attentively in order to understand His Word and apply what we learn to our daily lives. We should listen attentively to the priest’s homily because Jesus works through the priest to help us understand His Word and apply it to our daily lives. (Note: Using electronic devices or even reading the Church bulletin during Mass are distractions which prevent a person from honoring and understanding His Word.)
During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we truly receive Jesus in Holy Communion. We receive Jesus’ Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in Holy Communion.
Jesus is the Word who became flesh through the Incarnation.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it. . … 14 The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~ John 1: 1–5,14
Thus, we receive the “Word become flesh” in Holy Communion.
May the Word of God bring you peace, consolation, joy, hope, guidance, and knowledge of God. May His Word enrich and transform your lives so that you grow in holiness every day!