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.

Here is a link to the readings for this weekend.

I admire prophets when they challenge other people to change their attitudes and ways in face of a threatening reality. But when they invite me to see and live in a new way, I suddenly feel uncomfortable and resistant to their message. Prophets uproot us from our complacency.

In today’s gospel, the home community of Jesus is very upset by his teachings on the kingdom of God. They ultimately reject its inclusive vision of liberating the poor, the prisoner, the lame, and the blind, because it calls them to a radical change of heart in relationship with others. Shocked in turn by their lack of faith, Jesus can do very little among them.

Prophets identify the “signs of the times,” pointing out where God wants us to give our utmost care and attention. As the baptized people of God we share the prophetic mission of Christ to bring reconciliation to our alienated world. Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, helps us tremendously to live out this responsibility. Tested by his own trials and human weaknesses, he hears Christ say to him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”

When we learn to surrender as Paul did, relying on God to be our strength, our weakness too becomes our strength. Invited by Christ to walk humbly with him, we receive the faith and courage to serve prophetically God’s kingdom.

Michael Traher 

Author: Living with Christ

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