“Happy rather are those who hear God’s Word and keep it.”
When a plant in a little pot needs to be transplanted to the ground, the change is a shock. The pot is turned upside; after a few strong whacks on the bottom, the plant is loosened from the pot and is ready to be transplanted.
When a baby is born, it’s often given a whack on the behind to begin breathing. A newborn baby is like being transplanted from the small container which is the womb of the mother, to the big wide world of air outside.
Sometimes things happen in life that give us a big whack. These jolts are meant to “transplant” us into new spiritual ground where we will grow and flourish more. Jolts in life are the things that God uses to have us keep our world wide and free, instead of the small and musty space of only what others want from us.
What is it that waters the life of us transplanted into God? Prayer. Jesus teaches his disciples about prayer. Place yourself right there and listen in. One final note: in the last verse there is the saying of Jesus about those being blessed who hear the Word of God and keep it. The meaning of “keep” is “protection.” The Word of God is like a seed planted inside us that needs our faith, hope and love to protect it so that it can grow to full flower through us.
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This being Year C,
the third year in the cycle, we generally read from the Gospel of Luke.
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