Living God’s Word

John 8: 51-59
Gen 17: 3-9 / Psa 105

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.
(John 8:51)

Life is but a drop of water
In the ocean of eternity.
If we want to live forever,
Let God’s Word lead our life’s destiny.

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” The Jews said to Him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets; and yet you say, `Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets who died? Who do you claim to be?” Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that He is your God. But you have not known Him; I know Him. If I said, I do not know Him, I should be a liar like you; but I do know Him and I keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he was to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” The Jews then said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” At this, they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple. (John 8: 51-59)

Reflection

God’s Word is life itself. The first chapter of John’s Gospel opens with the words: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing came to be” (Jn.1:1-3). God’s Word is God Himself –“The Word took on flesh, and made His dwelling among us…” (Jn.1:14).

God is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the Source of everything, so He must also be the Goal of our life, our final destination. But living in and by the Word of God is no walk in the park. It is a lifetime process, a daily struggle to make His Word take complete control of our life. It’s a project known only to God; we can only trust and pray, and “ponder on His law day and night” (Psalm 1). His will for our life unravels even as we sleep, like the parable of the growing seed in Mark 4:26-29. We can only put our full confidence in Him that “all things will work out for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

As I stood on the beach one morning, catching my breath from a three-kilometer jog, the beauty of the morning sun coming up from the sea’s flat horizon gave me pause to ponder my life – like a drop of water, no, a speck of sand in this vast ocean of God’s creation. How can this speck of microscopic being, no more significant than the particles of sand beneath my feet have any importance to the Maker of all these? And yet, our Lord said, “Even the hairs of your head are counted” (Mt.10:31). “Even if a mother forgets her infant, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name” (Isaiah 49:15-16).

What do I have to do, Lord, in order to be worthy of your great Love and be assured of your Kingdom? Believe in the Covenant of Your Word? Yes, Beloved Father, Your Word shall be my daily occupation, writing about it, sharing it with others through SMS and email, and declaring Your Good News in the assembly of our community. “Let the words of my mouth meet with your favor, keep the thoughts of my heart before you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:15). Amen.

2 Responses to “Living God’s Word”

  1. tpervine  on April 10th, 2009

    To God be the glory and He is worthy to be prasie. Genesis 1:1 Jesus CHrist was before Genesisi 1:1 and He is the word that became flesh who was before St. John 1:1 with His Father and the Holy Spirit that all 3 persons is Amen. Our #1 Cheif Shepherd and there is no other. Father God is beyond His own Holy Name who is able to do beyond more abundantly that we could ever ask for.

  2. helen  on February 17th, 2010

    I prayerfully go though the homilies. They enlighten my mind and heart. Your homilies are a real spiritual food to me to start a new day every morning.
    Thanks for the good work you are doing. Continue with an assurance of my prayers.
    Helen