We’re back in 1 Thessalonians today for the first reading. More in a moment. In the Gospel reading from Mathew 23, we continue to hear Jesus give it to the scribes and Pharisees, calling them hypocrites again and again.
St. Paul writes to the Thessalonians, “We too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.’
The Word at work. Is that how it is with us? If we go to Mass regularly, we hear the Word all the time. And that’s a good thing. But it is having an effect on us? Is it working in us? Is it changing us, challenging us, helping us to become all that God desires us to be? If not, perhaps it’s time to listen more closely, and open not just our ears, but our hearts as well. For without an open heart, the Word won’t be at work in us.
Father, open our ears and our hearts today, that the Word may be at work in us daily. Amen.