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The Hidden Power of the Word

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PITIK-BULAG: The Hidden Power of the Word
 
Our faith begins in listening to the Word of God. When someone takes the Word of God seriously, he slowly sees it’s great power manifesting in his life. Thus, we can say that the Kingdom of God is manifested in our faith as we continue to listen, ponder, and follow the Word of God in our lives.
 
Faith is a gift of God. But it is also the product of our daily encounter with the Lord as we listen, ponder, and reflect the Word of God in our prayer moments. Thus, in order to experience the awesome power of God in our lives, we are encouraged to develop our capacity to contemplate the Word of God.
 
In our gospel reading today, the Lord gives us two parables for consideration to understand the hidden life-giving power of the Word of God when planted in our hearts: the mustard seed and the yeast. Both are considered small.
 
1. The Word of God is similar to a mustard seed.
 
The mustard is particularly very small. Almost negligible in size, yet when planted and given a chance to grow, it can become a huge tree capable of hosting birds in its branches.
 
Do we allow the Word of God to grow in our hearts? Remember, we become what we contemplate. The more we ponder and reflect on the Word of God, the more it grows fruitfully in our life. The Word of God sustains our spirits, gives strength to our weary hearts, and increases our faith in God. And when our faith becomes as big as the mustard seed, we reap miracles in our lives.
 
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. (Luke 17:6)
 
2. The Word of God is similar to yeast.
 
Two things about the yeast: First, the small amount of yeast mixed in the flour is enough to produce much dough. Second, for the Jews, the yeast is considered an ingredient of corruption capable of contaminating the unleavened bread.
 
Pondering the Word of God produces new insights, new graces, new understanding, and new strength. It can satisfy our spirits and ease our hunger for God. But the Word of God could also disturb our hearts and contaminate our spirits with His love. Thus, like the humble yeast, the Word of God challenges us to rise from our self-centeredness, leave our comfort zones, and make a difference in the lives of others.
 
“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.” – John Stott.
 
We are always searching for the Kingdom of God, without recognizing its active and powerful presence in the Holy Scriptures. We tend to ignore the Word of God. We don’t read, reflect, and ponder the Scriptures every day. It becomes just one of the many books in the library. Thus, Scripture’s hidden potential remains hidden in our sights.
 
When someone begins to ponder and reflect on the Scriptures, he discovers its hidden power capable of transforming his life. In the past, the Words of Jesus could heal the sick, cast out the evil spirit, multiply bread, and forgive sinners. In our present life, the Word of God remains powerful. When the Word of God becomes part of our lives, the miracle of God becomes ordinary.
 
Is the Word of God important to you? Do you ponder and reflect on it daily? Any stories that testify to the power of God’s Words in your life? Do you hunger for His Words?
 
It’s good to compare the hidden power of the Word of God with the mustard seed and the yeast, but I guess, this comparison remains weak and unjust to the Word. The power of the Word of God is beyond our imagination. You need to reflect and ponder it in order to discover its hidden potentials.
 
– Fr. Wilfredo M. Samson, SJ
 
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October 27, 2020 – Tuesday
Gospel Reading: Luke 13: 18-21

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