What is the Significance of Words?
How do we use our words in everyday life? What is the significance of a word? We use them to communicate, to pass judgements, to give praise, blessing, hurt, peace, to tell stories, to pass along history, to give names. There are so many reasons we use words. For me, it's through written word and through musical interpretation. When we refer to faith, we say that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the light, the Word. What we mean by this is that Jesus is the center of all we know, the absolute truth, the most good of all good, the Word of God made flesh. Things in life mean so much more when they are put into words, communication for us to understand. As Jesus becomes the Word for us, he communicates God's love and will for us, the truth of what it means to live a good life. Consider how you use your words. Is it to communicate love?
Today's Gospel states: 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John bore witness to him, and cried, "This was he of whom I said, `He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'") And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known' (John 1:1-18).
Today's reading talks about the beginning started with the Word, the light, God at the centre of all things. The Word, truth, light and grace are given through Christ, the only one who has seen and been in the true presence of God the Father. God gives us Christ, along with scripture, the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes to guide us to the truth. The Word of God is the truth, and God is the Word. It may sound confusing, to understand these many interpretations of God, but it's not meant for us to understand, for only God knows the full truth, from the moment we were conceived to when we'll be reunited with Him. The best way you can show your faith is through spoken word and action, as we see through Jesus. Take some time to ask God to help you bring His Word and Truth to all people in your life.
Today we pray:
Thank You for giving us the way, the truth and the life through Your Son. Help me to be like Christ, and bring Your Word, Your love to the world.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.