“FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WEPT WHEN THEY HEARD THE WORDS OF THE LAW” (Neh 8:9)
????Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12; Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 (R.v.9ab); Luke 10:1-12
What effect does the word of God have on you when you hear it? Does it incite to repent and begin to live better or are you among those who have become so familiar with it that it makes little or no meaning to them?
According to St. Paul, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refuting error, for correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). But today, many of us are so used to the scriptures that we now interpret them in the way it favours us. Hence, the real meaning is lost to us.
The people of Israel, at the time of Nehemiah, wept when Ezra read the words of the law because they had derailed. So they accepted the words and thus prepared themselves for the covenant with God.
We too need the word of God to permeate and bring us to change. Not just that, it must help us to relate well with others and preach the gospel to them by the manner of our lives. Remember that we are part of that number which Jesus sends out to go and preach the gospel. You may not need to use words again; your lifestyle would be just sufficient.
As we hear his voice today, may we not harden our hearts through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Have a blessed and productive day ahead. Peace be with you.