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October 13 - Hebrews 4: 12

Fr. Michael MachacekNativity of Our LordOctober 13, 2020

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Amongst the many things we cannot do in our eucharistic celebrations during the pandemic is the singing of the Gospel Acclamation.  And since we cannot sing it, the Church stipulates the Acclamation is omitted.  Which is a shame, especially for today's mass.  In the NRSV Biblical translation we use in Canada, in today's Gospel Acclamation we read:

The word of God is living and active; it probes the thoughts and motives of our heart.

Think about that phrase.  It is saying a lot.  I could give a whole Sunday homily just on that one phrase.  For the sake of brevity, allow me to share a few thoughts.

First, that the word of God is living and active.  The word of God found in the Bible is not just a historical document - it is current, it is very relevant, and it speaks to each one of us in the here and now.  In many ways these words are being spoken to us for the very first time.  So we should listen, ponder, and reflect upon them.  For the word of God  has much to say to us. 

Secondly, what does it do?  It probes the thoughts and motives of our hearts.  This means that the word of God should get a reaction from us.  That reaction may be one of soothing comfort.  It could be one of curiousity.  It could also be one of discomfort - as it challenges us to change or see things in a different light.  

The word of God is a treasure.  And it is our joy, our hope, our challenge to treasure it.