The Power of the Word
Malvern Minute

 

August 30, 2017 – Wednesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Whoever keeps the word of Christ, the love of God is truly perfected in him. Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

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A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians (2:9-13)

You recall, brothers and sisters, our toil and drudgery.
Working night and day in order not to burden any of you,
we proclaimed to you the Gospel of God.
You are witnesses, and so is God,
how devoutly and justly and blamelessly
we behaved toward you believers.
As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,
exhorting and encouraging you and insisting
that you walk in a manner worthy of the God
who calls you into his Kingdom and glory
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And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly,
that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us,
you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God,
which is now at work in you who believe.

 

Reflect: You received the word of God not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe. Paul worked tirelessly to bring the word of God to the nascent Church. As much as he worked, it was the power of the Holy Spirit that touched the hearts of believers so that they could understand that there was something much more there than merely the word of men.  For that, Paul “gives thanks to God unceasingly.”  There is power in the word of God. The scriptures aren’t merely nice or wise sayings that we remember to help us get through life. Rather, the word of God manifests the presence of God. It is transformative. Paul rejoices because he witnessed how the word of God took root in the lives of the Thessalonians and is forming them into a community, into a group of believers who “walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into his Kingdom and glory.” The word of God is alive and well, and as powerful as ever for any of us who have hearts and minds receptive to it. There is so much that is incomplete and broken in our world. Let us pray that our lives and our world might be profoundly transformed through the power of the word of God

Questions: Do I take time to meditate and reflect on the word of God daily? How might I spend more time filling up on the word of God and less time trolling for the next news, sports or entertainment headline?  Do I appreciate how God is trying to gift me and strengthen me for this earthly walk toward his Kingdom?

Pray: Loving God, you instill the power of your word in my heart. Help me to love what you command and to desire what you promise so that, amid the uncertainties of this world, my heart may be fixed upon you and your word. Help me to find in you true gladness. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Holy God; Holy and Mighty One; Holy and Immortal One: Have mercy on us and on the whole world.

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