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Celebrating Sunday of the Word of God: There is Power in God’s Word

Words are powerful. It is therefore not surprising that all the things we see around us came to be on account of words. The Holy Scriptures say it’s by God’s word that the world came into existence. Indeed the Word is so powerful. It’s God himself (John 1:1).

The word is so powerful that, it is extended to words used by humans. Its often said, “the pen is mightier than the sword”. On account of words relationships were forged and relationships were broken. Our physical development we see around us were once words. They were dreams translated into words and into the physical things we see.

How words have given comfort! Words have been used to give encouragement. Words have brought reconciliation. Indeed human words have shaped the history of the world. I believe all the world wars were fought on account of words. And any future wars will be fought on account of words. Peace have been achieved on account of the word.

Human word is so powerful. But like every gift give to us by God, it has been abused and mutilated over the ages. Whatever the use, all can attest to the power of human words. If human words are so powerful, how much more the Word of God?

John 1:1 (KJV) says “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” From this text, from the very beginning God’s word existed. It’s on account of His Word that the World and all that we see came into existence. And the Word is God himself based on the text.

Again God says in  Jeremiah 23:29, “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?. Again pointing to the power of God’s word.

As powerful as human words are, but there are countless occasions that it has failed. But such cannot be said of God’s Word. God’s word never fails. Indeed in Isaiah 55:11ff(Berean Study Bible), God said “so My word that proceeds from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please, and it will prosper where I send it”. Also, in Jerimiah 1:12, Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am [actively] watching over My word to fulfil it.”

In the book of Numbers 11:23, The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short?(A) Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.(B)”
Every Word of God is powerful. Every Word of God needs to be received with gratitude. Every Word of God needs to be embraced. To the believer, the Word of God is not just some nice ideas to admired neither are they suggestions for good living. But they are the Mind of God, the Will of God and the Power of God.  They are not optional, but they are to be accepted and embraced as Gods authoritative Word.

Given the importance of the Word of God in the lives of Christians and Catholics in particular, on the 30th of September, 2019 during the feast of St. Jerome, a great lover of the Word of God, Pope Francis instituted “The Sunday of the Word of God” with the Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu proprio called “Aperuit illis”. And this “Sunday of the Word of God” is to be held every third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Therefore as the Church presented this unique Sunday to reflect on the Word of God, may we have renewed interest in the Word of God.

May we radically respond to God’s word and treat it with the utmost respect.

Having embraced the word, may we proclaim it to others with our lives and words.

Source: Emmanuel Wullo Wullingdool

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