Fr Roland - October 2012

posted 9 Nov 2012, 08:20 by Richard Jones   [ updated 9 Nov 2012, 08:20 ]

Dear Friends,

The end of September and the early parts of October see many churches and church schools celebrating Harvest Festivals when we give thanks for the bounty of the earth and also thanks for those who manage the land and fish the seas, and it is very important that we do so. With this in mind I want to make my letter for this month a reflection upon the `Importance of the Word`. 

How many words were spoken to us when we were young. How many seeds were dropped into the soil of our minds during the springtime of our lives. Those words came from our parents and from many others. We heard words of greeting and welcome, words of encouragement and affirmation, words of advice and guidance, words of correction and chastisement, words of warning and caution, words of comfort and consolation.

At the time we may not have appreciated those words, but we needed to hear them. Only God knows how many of those words took root in our lives. But one thing is clear: our lives would be immeasurably poorer without the sowing of those words.

As adults we still need the sowing of the word. Pity those people who hear nothing but words of criticism and blame. Pity those who have to survive on a diet of silence. But happy those who hear words of encouragement, love and peace. 

But human words, no matter how necessary, will never fully nourish us. We need the word of God. The word of God gives us guidance in times of doubt, reassurance in times of difficulty, comfort in times of sorrow, correction in times of foolishness, challenge in times of laziness and being idle, warning in times of danger, and hope in times of despair. 

God`s word is never a negative word. It is a word spoken in love. Just as food nourishes the body, so the word of God nourishes the mind, the heart, and the spirit. God speaks to us in the most hidden parts of our being.

But there are many other voices vying for our attention. In fact, every day we are subjected to a blizzard of words. There has never been so much talk on radio and television. How then can we hear or even recognise God`s quiet word in the midst of all this din ? We can do so only by creating a little bit of stillness and quietness within us. 

It is not enough merely to remember the word; we have to do it. One of the ways of telling a false diamond from a true one is by means of the light. In the case of a false diamond, the light goes straight through the stone. In the case of a true one, the light remains inside it, bringing it to life and setting it on fire 

With some people, the word of God goes in and comes straight back out. They are mere hearers of the word. But those who `keep the word`, that is, who act on it, are transformed by it. 

Yes, let s gives thanks for the beauty and bounty of God`s creation. But let us act on HIS WORD.

 Yours in Christ

Fr Roland.