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The value of a word

posted Apr 29, 2016, 7:59 PM by Risen Christ   [ updated Apr 29, 2016, 8:00 PM ]
Sixth Sunday of Easter
The value of a word
What is the value of a word? Well, it depends on who is speaking it. There are people who have no qualms about telling a lie; or they would say things without any intention of honouring their words. Their words are cheap. Once their reputation gets around, people will not take them seriously. On the other hand, there are people whose word is as good as a written contract. They say what they mean, and mean what they say. Their moods may change or circumstances may change, but they keep their word in letter and in spirit. The Bible has many references to the "word". In the Book of Genesis, God, himself, is referred to as the Word. Later on in the New Testament, Jesus is referred to as "the Word made flesh". And Isaiah 55:11 says that God's word, once spoken, will not return without fulfilling its purpose. So in this week's gospel reading, when Jesus says that if we keep his word, he and the Father will come and make their dwelling place in us, we can certainly take Jesus at his word.