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Father Dennis’ Reflection

God’s Living Word Today - Saturday, January 16, 2021

 Able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Today’s first reading might scare you a bit. Sharper than any sword, God’s word effectively cuts through our very souls to reveal what’s really going on inside our thoughts, both good and bad. We can’t even hide—everything is exposed before the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.  This swordlike quality of God’s word is actually a gift for us. It’s one way that God can both show us our need for him and help us open ourselves to his power to save and to heal. For example, a verse from Scripture might sting your conscience as you read it and convict you of a pattern of sinful thoughts or actions. A podcast might help you realize that an objection you have to one of the teachings of the Church is closing you off to grace. A stray remark by a loved one might make you reconsider a long-held opinion.

These are all ways God’s word might shed light into areas where you fall short. But they are also ways that God can show you how deeply he can change and transform your life. So every time you feel the tip of the blade, remember that Jesus has come to heal, not to wound.

Father Dennis



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