The Word of God

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Scripture can speak
to each of us as we engage with it in faith. 

"For the word of God is living and active" 
(Hebrews 4:13)



St Anthony of Egypt (c. 251–356) was at Mass when he heard deeply within himself the words that Jesus spoke to the rich young man, “sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor.” He sold all he owned, and took up a hermitic way of life.

Not all of us are called so dramatically, but through the power of the Holy Spirit, Scripture can speak to each of us as we engage with it in faith.

God reveals himself to us through his “Word”. This can refer to Scripture, or to the person of Jesus Christ himself. As American scholar Dr Scott Hahn says,

“Christian tradition has always seen a close relationship between the pages of Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ. Both are designated the Word of God because both participate in the mystery of God revealing himself and his will in human form. Scripture is the Word inspired; Christ is the Word incarnate. In the former, the divine Word is expressed in human language; in the latter, the divine Word is enfleshed in human nature.”  

This can be seen in the Liturgy of the Mass. Dei Verbum tell us,

“The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures just as she venerates the body of the Lord, since, especially in the sacred liturgy, she unceasingly receives and offers to the faithful the bread of life from the table both of God's word and of Christ's body.”  

By reading Scripture in faith, we encounter God and allow God to speak in our lives today. Reading Scripture is a dialogue. God speaks, we respond. We are drawn into a conversation. What is God revealing to me? How can I put this into practice in my life?


Pope Francis’ Address on the Word of God

In April 2013, Pope Francis addressed the Pontifical Biblical Commission speaking about the Word of God. He says, “the Word of God therefore precedes and exceeds the Bible.”

Read Pope Francis’ Address here

Listening to the Word of God and Praying the Scriptures

Fr David Ranson speaks about God’s Word and how to train our ears to receive the Word that comes to us. In a culture of ‘word fatigue’, Fr Ranson describes how being silent before a text and a prayerful reading of the text allows the space for a particular word or phrase to strike us. That ‘primary word of the heart’ becomes the means by which we encounter the invitation of the living God to us. 


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