In our first reading from Hebrews 4, the author of Hebrews tells us about the word of God. More on that in a moment. The Gospel reading from Mark 2 is about the call of Levi, also known as Matthew. Levi was a tax collector. In those days, tax collectors were considered traitors. They were Jews who were working for the Roman authority. They were sell-outs, and most of them were corrupt. And this is who Jesus chose as one of his Apostles. Jesus chose lots of people who were far from perfect…like me…and you!
“The Word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” Pretty powerful stuff, huh? Knowing how powerful God’s Word is, how can we not be more and more into it? Now, I’m not one who likes to go around quoting chapter and verse of Scripture. I think that most people find that a bit off-putting. But even if we don’t go around quoting chapter and verse, we should know God’s Word. Intimately.
It’s interesting that the sacred author would liken God’s Word to a sword. What does a sword do? It cuts. Which is exactly what God’s Word should do to us – cut us to the quick. If we allow it, it will slice and dice through all the junk in our lives and help us to see and understand God’s ways. This can be painful. But sometimes you have to go through pain to get to the healing.
Father, we thank you for Your Word in the Sacred Scriptures. May your Word cut us to the quick, that we may experience the healing you desire for us. Amen.