Will we let the Word of the Lord penetrate into our lives?

By Abbot Owen Purcell 

When I attempt to gather some thoughts about the Sunday readings, most of the time I concentrate on the similarities between the First and the Third readings. Today I would make a few comments on the relationship of the Second to the First and Third.

Note this quote from the Letter to the Hebrews: “Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between the soul and spirit joints, and marrow, able to discern the reflections and thoughts of the heart.”

The word of God, of course, is the Sacred Scripture that we hear read or read by ourselves or perhaps with a spouse — maybe as a family. The image of the Word operating in our lives is that of a skilled butcher deboning a joint of beef, a ham or a chicken. It is the sharp and thin knife that penetrates and separates.

The Word of the Lord penetrated the heart of the young man and hit a sensitive spot of his attachments to his possessions. Despite his good will he had his priorities upside down.

The Word of Jesus penetrated the priorities of the apostles who objected to the intrusion of the Children into the life of Jesus. The knife of the word popped the balloons of their preconceived notions. The question always is: Will we let the Word of the Lord penetrate into our lives? How will we react? Will we turn away in sorrow?

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