10 Word of God – Sword of the Spirit - Josephine Fernandes

posted Feb 8, 2018, 6:40 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 8, 2018, 6:40 AM ]
The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit, as St Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians (Eph 6:17), and it is a double-edged sword, according to the Letter to the Hebrews 4:12. God has given us this powerful weapon to fight every battle that we may come across in our life. No evil powers or forces of darkness can combat against the mighty sword of the Spirit. There's power in the Word of God to bind and heal wounds, to touch and transform, to change the hearts and lives of people. Every year, the Church designates one Sunday as Bible Sunday. This year, February 11 is celebrated as Bible Sunday in the archdiocese of Bombay. On Bible Sunday, the 'Word Ministers' in every Parish in the archdiocese of Bombay renew their commitment to proclaim God's Word faithfully and with love and truth.

Every Sunday and every day, the Word of God is proclaimed and preached at the Eucharist in churches all over. So what's so special about Bible Sunday? Why do we need to have a Sunday marked specially as Bible Sunday? We Catholics have quite often taken the Word of God very lightly or for granted, and have also kept it away from us. We may have placed the Bible on a stand, and at altars in our home, but may not have time to read and reflect upon the Word of God. Well, Bible Sunday is a day to remind us Catholics that we need to read and reflect upon the Word of God. We need to spend at least some time daily reading the Bible, as it strengthens our weak soul. It throws light upon the dark areas of our life, thus bringing these areas into God's light; our lives will slowly but surely be transformed, changed and renewed. God's Word has the power to heal. The Psalmist says, 'He sent out his word and healed them and delivered them from destruction.' (Psalm 107:20) The Wisdom of Solomon tells us, 'for neither herb nor poultice cured them, but it was your Word, O Lord, that heals all people. (Wis 16:12) There's power in the Word of God—power to heal and give life, power to break the shackles of bondages. The Word of God gives us solace in moments of grief, and peace in time of trials and turmoil. The Sunday Mass readings may seem distant to us at times, but once we begin reading the Bible, the Mass readings become very meaningful. Our faith will come alive; our weak and shallow faith will be strengthened. The Word of God is active and alive; it is not a dead word. It moves, it breathes, it refreshes, it speaks, it inspires, it guides, it enlightens, it nurtures and nourishes.