The second reading at Mass this coming Sunday, the 28th of Ordinary time, comes from the Letter to the Hebrews.
It is a powerful affirmation of the virtue of the Scriptures, enabling us to learn to live faithfully, to acquire the authentic Christian spirit.
The word of God is something alive and active: it cuts like any double-edged sword but more finely: it can slip through the place where the soul is divided from the spirit, or joints from the marrow; it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts. No created thing can hide from him; everything is uncovered and open to the eyes of the one to whom we must give account of ourselves.
It can sometimes be shaming to think there is nothing we can hide, but it is also always, ultimately, a huge relief. Especially when the one who knows all, love us in our entirety and wants to help us to the best.
- Pray for faith and trust
- Give thanks for the hope God gives.
Photograph from Day Chapel in the Cathédrale de la Résurrection, Evry, France. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.