A popular segment on Jay Leno’s TONIGHT show is the “Headlines” — where a word or a letter can cause a headline to go from what was intended to be serious to what is actually bizarre. I myself remember recently reading an article on the state of PUBLIC parks …the “L” was missing in the article causing the intended public parks report to become “pubic” parks.
Did you notice that the defense attorney in the Casey Anthony trial continually said, “Casey was not guilty of murder.” He did not say, she did not kill her. A juror proclaimed, “I did not say she was innocent; I just said she was not guilty.”
In humor or seriously, one word makes quite a difference.
The prophet Isaiah (Is.55:10-11) says, “my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” We believe that Jesus is THE WORD and that he went to the Father having achieved the work of redemption for which he was sent.
The Gospel of St. Matthew (13:1-23) tells the parable of the sower and the seed. The seed is the word of God which continues to be sowed each and every day.
What is “the word” [or words] that God is speaking to you today? What “word” is being sown in your community?
Certainly there are relevant words for each of us to here and for all of us to hear. God’s word is living and dynamic.
Could God be saying to us — Get Real! Could God be asking all of us to deal with what is “unreal” in our thinking or acting. For example:
> It is UNREAL to think that our Schools can teach discipline? Is it not the responsibility of a parent [or parents] to teach discipline early and often? It is unreal for us to expect someone else to do what we have not already done.
> It is UNREAL to think we can get top quality service for nothing. We want government to cut spending and to provide all the services what we want — while not raising taxes. In our area, repairs recent repairs began on the Interstate Bridge in Lake Charles: cost = $5.7 million. A new bridge was recently built across the Mississippi River connecting New Roads, LA and St. Francisville, LA: cost = $40.5 million. FEMA has had to meet needs following wildfires, tornadoes, and floods across the US. “Somebody” has to pay for this.
> It is UNREAL to think we can keep jobs in the US and pay top wages — while we gleefully buy low-cost goods made in China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, etc.
> It is UNREAL for Church leaders to think that those in the pew will “pray, pay, and obey” as if they [those in the pew] have not themselves heard the divine word of the Spirit.
> It is UNREAL to think that “someone” will do for us what we should be doing for ourselves. We are the master of our own fate.
Words from the previously cited section of Matthew’s Gospel remind us:
You shall indeed hear but not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and be converted, and I heal them.
What is THE word — or two words — that God is speaking to you, to your family, to your community at THIS time and THIS MOMENT?