COLLECT OF THE WEEK
Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 219
“The Word of God” sounds like an Old Testament saying that should include thunder and lightning in the background. But you know what? Every word that Jesus spoke was the Word of God. There wasn’t any thunder, lightning, or even the sound of trumpets. There were just the many simple and compelling ways that He described the good news of God and His kingdom. Jesus said, “The one who rejects me and does not receive my word has a judge: on the last day the word that I have spoken will serve as judge.” I believe that Jesus wants no one to reject Him – that He truly wants everyone to hear and receive His word. Maybe that’s why he spoke in ways that everyday people could understand: words about farming or fishing, about finding lost things, about the water of life and light in darkness.
When we read the Gospels, everything that Jesus says is God talking to us through Him. We must listen: that is all Jesus asks of us. In return, God will listen to us.