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.

Stop, listen, and see a new reality

Categories: Sunday Scripture Reflection,The Word Is Life

We have so many ways of judging people—by wealth, education, religion, gender, appearance. I’ve caught myself being surprised by a word of wisdom where I least expected it and in doing so recognize my own prejudices.

Today’s readings caution us about judgmental attitudes and actions that can block another’s path to God. Joshua wanted Moses to stop Eldad and Medad from prophesying. The disciples also wanted to stop someone casting out demons.

We are invited to take the time to stop, listen, and consider another point of view, to see a reality bigger than our own.God’s Spirit is given to all—to each of us a different gift is given and placed at the service of all. We are invited to rejoice in our gift and in the gifts of others. We are invited to nurture the gift of faith in a daughter or son, a friend, even the stranger we pass on the street who longs to see in us the face of Christ.

Today we are invited to one small action in responding to the needs of the Church. Our gifts of money and prayer provide assistance to people and places with needs other than our own. The Church needs the help, courage, and wisdom of all its people. In this way we will find God in ourselves and others.

Carmen Diston

Author: Living with Christ

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