Posts Tagged ‘living word’

The Word of God is indeed alive and active. For it is a living Word that gives life. And anyone who hears it, is drawn by God our Heavenly Father to Himself, through His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

With this truth in mind, are we who have experienced this very truth not filled with zeal to be powerful instruments of His grace? With the joy of the Risen Lord in our hearts shall we not lead those who are eager to listen to the deep well of living water? Such that they will surely declare their overwhelming desire to be embraced as God our Father’s Children through baptism; as the eunuch did in today’s first reading when he said ‘Look, there is some water here; is there anything to stop me being baptised?’

 Yes Lord I hear Your call to go make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything You have commanded me. And that You are with me always. Amen Alleluia!

First reading

Acts 8:26-40

Philip baptizes a eunuch

The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, ‘Be ready to set out at noon along the road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza, the desert road.’ So he set off on his journey. Now it happened that an Ethiopian had been on pilgrimage to Jerusalem; he was a eunuch and an officer at the court of the kandake, or queen, of Ethiopia, and was in fact her chief treasurer. He was now on his way home; and as he sat in his chariot he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go up and meet that chariot.’ When Philip ran up, he heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ ‘How can I’ he replied ‘unless I have someone to guide me?’ So he invited Philip to get in and sit by his side. Now the passage of scripture he was reading was this:

Like a sheep that is led to the slaughter-house,

like a lamb that is dumb in front of its shearers,

like these he never opens his mouth.

He has been humiliated and has no one to defend him.

Who will ever talk about his descendants,

since his life on earth has been cut short!

The eunuch turned to Philip and said, ‘Tell me, is the prophet referring to himself or someone else?’ Starting, therefore, with this text of scripture Philip proceeded to explain the Good News of Jesus to him.

    Further along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, ‘Look, there is some water here; is there anything to stop me being baptised?’ He ordered the chariot to stop, then Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water and Philip baptised him. But after they had come up out of the water again Philip was taken away by the Spirit of the Lord, and the eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing. Philip found that he had reached Azotus and continued his journey proclaiming the Good News in every town as far as Caesarea.


John 6:44-51

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven

Jesus said to the crowd:

‘No one can come to me

unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me,

and I will raise him up at the last day.

It is written in the prophets:

They will all be taught by God,

and to hear the teaching of the Father,

and learn from it,

is to come to me.

Not that anybody has seen the Father,

except the one who comes from God:

he has seen the Father.

I tell you most solemnly,

everybody who believes has eternal life.

‘I am the bread of life.

Your fathers ate the manna in the desert

and they are dead;

but this is the bread that comes down from heaven,

so that a man may eat it and not die.

I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.

Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;

and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,

for the life of the world.’

There is nothing new in the world today or tomorrow in which the living Word of God cannot answer, council and guide us. Whether it is about the pandemic, the rioting and looting, wars, global warming, secularism even atheism. The one and only answer we will ever need is in the way, the Truth and life itself, our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Through His Word we are set free, through His Word we can live life to the full in Him.St Paul teaches us that our love and dedication to the Lord our God comes from the wisdom of knowing His Will for us through His Word. It is how we become fully equipped and ready for service of brethren and of Him. It is also how we prepare ourselves to face the challenges and trials that await us.Jesus, Son of the living God, be with us, teach us to fall more deeply in love with Your Word which gives life. Amen

First reading

2 Timothy 3:10-17 ·
Anyone who tries to live in devotion to Christ will be attackedYou know what I have taught, how I have lived, what I have aimed at; you know my faith, my patience and my love; my constancy and the persecutions and hardships that came to me in places like Antioch, Iconium and Lystra – all the persecutions I have endured; and the Lord has rescued me from every one of them. You are well aware, then, that anybody who tries to live in devotion to Christ is certain to be attacked; while these wicked impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and deceived themselves.
You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true; remember who your teachers were, and how, ever since you were a child, you have known the holy scriptures – from these you can learn the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people’s lives and teaching them to be holy. This is how the man who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.


Mark 12:35-37
‘David himself calls him Lord’At that time while teaching in the Temple, Jesus said, ‘How can the scribes maintain that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, moved by the Holy Spirit, said:The Lord said to my Lord:
Sit at my right hand. and I will put your enemies under your feet.David himself calls him Lord, in what way then can he be his son?’ And the great majority of the people heard this with delight.