We know and believe the Word of God, Sacred Scripture, is inspired by God. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe the Word is a living Word. We believe the Word is also a reference to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1) We believe the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. (John 1:14)
It is helpful to think about the mysterious, yet very real way this Word takes up its dwelling within each of us. As I sit with the Bible or with my breviary (Liturgy of Hours), holding the book in my hands, it is also a way of “holding Christ Himself.” As I read these scriptures and pray with and over them, I am aware of how Christ is communicating Himself to me.
Whether this Word is proclaimed, personally read aloud, or silently, the Word “enters” us. This Word inspires new ways of thinking and seeing the world around us. It transforms our priorities and values. This Word truly does take on “flesh” within “us”, and lifts our hearts and minds into the Divine Mystery.
Reflect upon the human thought process…it is a very real human experience, though not tangible. Such is the way Jesus through His Word enters us, embraces us, and calls us into a True and meaningful encounter with Himself. Christ is truly present through this Life-giving Word, speaking to us, guiding not only our private thoughts, but guiding our way through life. When this Word of Life gives direction and meaning to us, we can then be more at peace that we are following Christ, Who is the Way, Truth, and Life.
In the practice of spending silent time prayerfully with God’s Word, a Divine dialogue takes place. When we encounter this Word of Life with an open heart and mind, a deep harmony is created, both within one’s self, and with God. Even when the Word disturbs our present way of thinking or doing things, an accompanying peace is also present, confirming the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which leads and assists us in the conversion that needs to take place.
May this Lenten season call us to silence with God’s Word. Trust that once we give ourselves over to this Life-giving Word, we will be moved to action, and our actions will be aligned with God’s will. St. James reminds us of the importance of putting this Word into action: Be doers of the Word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. But the one who peers into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres, and is not a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, such a one shall be blessed in what he does. (James 1: 22,25)