“The word of God is something alive and active: it can judge secret emotions and thoughts”
Alleluia! This was the Gospel antiphon for today’s mass : ) The word of God is alive and does speak to the innermost part of our hearts. God comes to us through the person of Jesus. Through scripture, we have the “roadmap” to Jesus. The stories, the events, the life of Christ, are intimately connected to our own lives. Jesus wants to come to us through the Word of God. These books are inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the word of God can change our lives. The questions is: Do we let it? Do we allow the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of our hearts to His word? Do we let sacred Scripture sustain us in times of sorrow and joy? Peronally, I am growing in this department. It’s easy to feel like the bible is “hard to relate to” or that I need to “study more” before I can really understand. But this isn’t true. I want to fall more deeply in love with the word of God. I want to fall more deeply in love with Jesus!
Here are a few examples of how Sacred Scripture can be healing, rejuvenating, inspiring and sustaining for our hearts, minds and soul.
- Temptation to despair? Battling dark thoughts or negativity? Feeling unfree in your thoughts? Read Philippians 4:6-8
” Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”
- What does a Christian attitude look like? How can I grow in becoming a better man or woman? Read Ephesians 4: 25-29
” Therefore, putting away falsehood, let everyone speak the truth with his neighbour, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his hands, so that he may be able to give to those in need. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear”
- Struggling with your health? Feeling weary and tired? Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
” So we do not lose heart. Though our outer man is wasting away, our inner man is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal”
- Feeling blessed and thankful for the wonders of God? Has your prayer, or the prayer of a loved one, been answered? Read Psalm 108:1-6
” My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! Awake, my soul! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your steadfast love is great above the heavens, your faithfulness reaches to the clouds”
I really could go on and on, but this post would be too long! God is a God of love ( 1 John 4:16). He wants to meet us exactly where we are. He wants to encourage us, love us, challenge us, strengthen us and heal us. Let’s take the invitation today, to encounter the Lord in sacred Scripture.