The Word of God leads to salvation
Especially during this time of rapid information exchange and greater availability of information from all sources, it is very easy to be swayed by falsehoods.
The Roman Catholic Church is giving us opportune time to rediscover our love and zeal for the Lord through the deepening of our knowledge and understanding of the Sacred Scriptures.
There is a reason why, during the early years, the Church forbade people from reading the Bible. The Church only wanted to be sure that when people read the Bible, they would understand the message and what the writer of the Bible meant. That the message of the literature in the Bible would not be taken out of context.
This Third Sunday of Ordinary Time is marked as the “Sunday of the Word of God” to spend some time and effort to get to know more about the Word of God contained in the Scriptures.
Jesus went to Galilee, a region that was mainly centered in Jerusalem and Judea back then, because it was highly symbolic and meaningful as it represented the Lord’s desire to gather back all of His scattered people and to restore the honor of the people of God, and at the same time call upon the people from distant lands and from the pagan nations to embrace the truth and love of God.
And in the Gospel today, again that same prophecy from the prophet Isaiah was repeated, proclaiming the coming of God’s salvation as made true and real by the actions that the Lord carried out in Galilee, as He called His first disciples and gathered them all, choosing the 12 among them to be His Apostles, while performing many miracles and wonders, healing the sick who came to Him and were brought to Him. He went from place to place, healing the sick, casting out demons, making the blind see again, opening the ears of the deaf, and loosening the tongues of the mute, fulfilling the many prophecies that Isaiah and the other prophets had been proclaiming about the Messiah.
Like the Apostles, we have received the same truth and Good News, and it was through them and their successors that we have received this truth, passed down successively through the generations through the Church of God.
Today, we are reminded that as we commemorate this “Sunday of the Word of God” we have been called by God to various ministries and callings in life, depending on the various gifts, talents, and abilities that He has given us. All of us have been called to embrace the Lord’s calling of not only just knowing and appreciating the Word of God more in our lives, but also proclaiming the Word of God and the truth of God in the midst of our respective communities, in our schools and workplaces, with our families, relatives and circle of friends and acquaintances, and even to strangers whom we encounter daily in our lives. And we cannot be effective and faithful servants of the Lord and His Word unless we have good knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures.
All of us are encouraged to read the Sacred Scriptures and deepen our knowledge and understanding of it. However, it is important that we also deepen our knowledge and understanding of the teachings of the Church as well because if we read the Scriptures and interpret them based on our own understanding and comprehension, then as history has shown us, this can lead us to the path of error, as the many heresies and the false paths had done.
That is why, first of all, we need to spend more time reading the Scriptures because how can we even begin to discern if something we heard from elsewhere or others is true or false? Especially during this time of rapid information exchange and greater availability of information from all sources, it is very easy to be swayed by falsehoods, just as misinformation and fake news have been making the rounds of the world in the past few years.
It is also important that we help one another stay on the path of truth by sharing with one another whatever insight and understanding we have of the Scriptures, rooted in the traditions and teachings of the Church and the Apostles.
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