Wielding the Sword of the Spirit by Dr. Mary Healy

 

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Dr. Mary Healy – Live tonight 7:35 pm EST

Tonight at the i.d.916 monthly Disciples’ Night, Dr. Mary Healy will be giving a talk entitled “Wielding the Sword of the Spirit.”  The talk will be live starting around 7:35pm EST and you can watch here.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/id916

Additionally here are some discussion questions and quotes that she put together for further reflection and conversation.

Questions for Discussion

  1. What signs do you see of a “famine for the word of God” in our culture or in people you know? What are the most serious effects of this famine?
  2. After meeting the risen Jesus and talking with him on the road to Emmaus, the two disciples said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32). Have you ever experienced your heart burning within you as you read the Word of God or heard it preached? If so, share that experience.
  3. Is there a Scripture passage through which God has spoken powerfully to you or sustained you in time of difficulty? What was it?
  4. What concrete steps can you take in 2014 to get to know the Word of God?

Quotes on the Power of the Word of God

When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart, because I bore your name, O Lord, God of hosts. -Jeremiah 15:16

This is the man to whom I will look,
the one who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. –Isaiah 66:2

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. –Psalm 119:105

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction,
and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent,
equipped for every good work. –2 Timothy 3:16-17

The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow,
and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. –Hebrews 4:12

How amazing is the profundity of your words…
How amazing their profundity, O my God, how amazingly deep they are! –St. Augustine

The divine words grow with the one who reads them. –St. Gregory the Great

For me, the Gospel is the Body of Christ…. And when [Jesus] says: whoever does not eat my flesh and drink my blood… (John 6:53), even though these words can also be understood of the [Eucharistic] Mystery, Christ’s body and blood are truly the word of Scripture, God’s teaching. When we approach the [Eucharistic] Mystery, if a crumb falls to the ground we are troubled. Yet when we are listening to the word of God, and God’s Word and Christ’s flesh and blood are being poured into our ears yet we pay no heed, what great peril should we not feel? -St. Jerome, In Psalmum 147, quoted by Benedict XVI in Verbum Domini 56

Periodic Scripture Reflection: John 14:30

saint-john-the-apostle“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming.  He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.”

This passage from the Gospel of John comes from a long exhortation from Jesus. It fits nicely around famous verses like “I am the vine and you are the branches…” and “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” and therefore could be easily overlooked. These are two simple sentences that reveal much about Jesus’ posture and relationship with the Father. The first line serves as a warning to Christ’s disciples that the Passion is quickly approaching. Even though they have spent countless hours with Jesus, they still don’t fully realize what is to come. The coming days will be filled with confusion, fear, and sadness as Jesus is taken from them and He wants to give them reassurance. He warns that the “ruler of this world” (Satan) is coming but the power of darkness does not control Him. It’s as if Jesus is saying, “Guys, our time together is coming to a close, and it’s going to look bad, but don’t worry, I’m doing what the Father wants me to do.” The final phrase reveals so much about the heart of Jesus towards His Father: “…but I do as the Father commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father.” Jesus goes to the cross to save us, rescue us, bridge the gap between God and man, to become the sacrificial lamb, to redeem mankind, to open the gates of Heaven, and to show the world how much He loves His Father. Jesus endured the worst suffering, embraced humiliation, and accepted total rejection to demonstrate His love for us and for His Abba.

This is the ultimate example of how Christ wants us to act towards the Father. We need to embrace the Father’s plan, not out of fear or obligation, but to show the world that we love the Father. When someone asks you why you go to Mass on Sunday or why you don’t use contraception, I bet they won’t expect you to say, “I do as my Father has commanded me, because I love Him.”