No pain, No Gain?

11 Oct 2015 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on No pain, No Gain?

“The word of God is…sharper than any two edged sword…” We can understand God’s word in many different dimensions.  For example, the Prologue of St. John’s Gospel tells us that Jesus is God’s Word, the Word incarnate. Christians understand that the Bible is God’s word in a unique way that no other writing can match.

What then are we to understand from the image of the word cutting us both ways? Do we get the impression that if we take God at his word, a certain amount of pain is inevitable? (The pain of letting go of our selfish and shortsighted inclinations perhaps?)

One is tempted to think that we frequently simply chose to avoid God’s word. We develop the habit of letting it go in one ear and out of the other, rather than make a necessary decision because of it. It’s rather easy to judge that the man in today’s Gospel made a big mistake, (He simply could not say no to his habitual lifestyle?) but do we make the same mistake when confronted by God’s word?

Think about it. Often in the beginning of the liturgy we pray: “I have greatly sinned…in what I have done and in what I have failed to do.” Could it be that we have indeed failed to heed God’s word? No pain, no gain!

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