On this 11th Day of Christmas our Scripture brought to us the very Word of God.
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” (John 14: 10)
So from Jesus’ words we hear directly from God. It is perhaps more important to listen to Jesus than to watch him. This somewhat validates the red print Bible because we can quickly focus on what Jesus is saying – what Jesus is commanding – what Jesus is asking us to look deeper into.
In our first Gospel Matthew reminds us that “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matt. 4:4. Chapters 5, 6 and 7 of Matthew should be read no less than once a week as it contains spiritual medicine for our souls. In these chapters we find the beatitudes, instruction about interpreting the Hebrew Testament and how we should go forth into the world. Good stuff.
Much of what is in Mark is also found in Matthew and Luke. Luke however has the most parables all which are teaching tools for morality, not the least of which is chapter 15 (that I like to call the “lost chapter” because Luke talks about the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son or prodigal son). It teaches us about divine priorities.
St John’s Gospel really drives home that Jesus is Word of the Creator. John opens with “in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Then this Gospel lets us hear Jesus’ words. Chapters 14 through 17 of John’s Gospel have Jesus’ Words of compassion, instruction and prayer for us, and to us.
Again from St. John, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” (John 14: 10) We cannot do what Jesus does. But we can hear what Jesus says. Jesus is Word of the Father. In the ancient ways, to hear IS to obey. Let’s go back to hearing the Word and then doing like-wise. Thank You God for Your living Word born to us.