Scripture. How well do we know it? Do we understand it? Better yet, does reading and reflecting on scripture change our lives? As we learn in today’s first reading from Isaiah, the word is a mighty tool that does the will of God.
Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
And do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.
Some of us are woefully ignorant of the scriptures. If we do not read the scriptures we limit ourselves to being “church” Christians, because everything we know about our God (including our knowledge of scripture) we learn in church. As beautiful and central as Mass is, there is so much more to God’s revelation than what we can digest in one hour a week at church. We need to experience the depth and breadth of the word in order to understand God’s plan for us, his children, and how much he loves us.
Scripture comforts us, teaches us, challenges us and gives us hope. It is God’s love letter to every one of us. Read it, meditate on it and live it.