The Word, by our parishioner, Barbara Follain

In preparation of Word of God Sunday this upcoming weekend:

The Word

God so understands our nature.  His Word has been revealed to us gradually, and, because we are human, in very concrete ways.

The Word was spoken

The Word was heard

The Word was seen

The Word was felt

The word was tasted

 

The Word was spoken

 “In the beginning… God spoke…let there be light” (Gen. 1:1 – 3)…and “Let Us make man in our image” (Gen.1:26)… Who heard Him? Did He speak to Himself – “Let Us…”  Did He speak to the Angels? Or rather, was the speaking… His WORD…more than sound… It was something pliable and sensuous. The Word created.

 

The Word was heard

Adam and Eve heard God speak and move, “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.”(Gen.1:28) “When they heard the sound of the Lord God moving about in the Garden…” (Gen 3:8) God spoke to Noah (Gen. 9:9…); He commissioned them and covenanted with him, “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you.”  

 

The Word was seen

Abraham saw the Word, “The Lord appeared to Abraham…” (Gen. 12:7); ‘While the two men walked on farther toward Sodom, the Lord remained standing before Abraham…” (Gen 18:22) Moses, and the Priests, saw the Word in the tablets of the commandments.  The priests and prophets saw the Word in the scripture.

 

The Word was felt

When Moses, the priests and prophets held the tablets, the scripture and the prophecies, they felt the Word.

 

The Word was tasted

Psalm 34 says, “Taste and see how good the Lord is”; Psalm 119, “How sweet to my tongue is your promise, sweeter than honey to my mouth. ” The song of Solomon says “…As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.” (Song of Songs 2:3)

 

It is only in Jesus, the Word, that we are fully satisfied: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…” (John 1:1)

 

The Word was spoken…  “I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”(John 12:50) Jesus commands us to speak the word, “Go, and make disciples of all nations…”(Matthew 28:19)

 

The Word was heard … “This is My beloved Son. Listen to Him.” (Luke 3:22) “Many more began to believe in Him because of his word and they said to the woman, ‘we no longer believe because of your word; for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world.’” (John 4:42) 

 

The Word was seen…  Jesus moved among them, ate among them,died among them… they saw Him doing… “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner.”(John 5:19)

 

The Word was felt… The apostles and the people touched the Word and the Word touched them. “Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones and you can see I have” (Luke 24:39) …  Jesus cured, touched, kissed, cried…(John 11:35)

 

The Word was tasted… “This is my body,…this is my blood…”  (Luke 22: 19 – 20; Mark 14:22-24)… “I am the bread that came down from heaven…” (John 6:51… “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him…”(John 6:54)

 

With Jesus, the revelation of the Word is complete. “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the word of life, for the life was made visible, we have seen it and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was made visible to us..” (1 John 1:1)

We now are sent forth to speak the Word, so that other may hear; to be seen and to see; to touch and be touched …so that He may be known.  Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of the Father who sent me and to accomplish His work.” (John 4:34)  Our food is to do the will of the one who sends us, Jesus. We offer Him so that others may be sustained by Love…“ I give you a new commandment,  love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)

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