The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Learn God’s “Heart” Language

Categories: Sunday Scripture Reflection,The Word Is Life

Today we are offered two very different visions of right living before God. One is to blindly follow the letter of the law; the other is to follow its heart. It is tempting in daily life to hold others to the letter of the law and ourselves to the spirit of the law. A quick glance at the first reading might lead us to think that God demands blind obedience. But there is no room for wisdom, intelligence, and discernment in blind obedience, and this passage treasures them. Deuteronomy warns against changing the law. Wisdom, intelligence, and discernment are gifts of the Holy Spirit. They do not change the law, but rather they seek its heart.

God’s gift is the law; our duty to the gift is to follow in wisdom and discernment. As Jesus points out to the Pharisees, these gifts dwell in the human heart—strangely enough, right alongside evil thoughts and intentions. In the second reading James tells us that when God’s gifts take root in our hearts, our actions on behalf of others bear witness to this truth.

Each Sunday, the Holy Spirit stirs and transforms our hearts. The texts of the Sunday celebration are shot through with God’s “heart” language: love, mercy, peace, forgiveness. Let us tune our ears today to hear this heart language in the liturgy. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to teach us heart language in our daily lives.

Margaret Bick

Author: Living with Christ

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