Lenten Reflection Day 7: Matthew 4:4

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“Man shall not live by bread alone,

but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Mt 4:4)

Lectio Divina is a spiritual way of almsgiving to nourish our body with the word of God, and Lent is the perfect season to start it.

Sit quietly with your bible or a spiritual book and Read a passage for meaning. Next, Meditate on its meaning: What is God trying to tell you? Then, engage in a prayerful conversation with God on the connection to your life and others. Finish in quiet Contemplation with the Lord.

Today’s Intention:

Lord, I desire to nourish my soul with your word. May the Holy Spirit help me fulfill it.

Peace and Goodness

One-Minute Reflection: Heb 4:12

Audio Reflection

“Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints, and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” Heb 4:12

Reflection:

The world is filled with words. Most of them are inconsequential.
They are like the air that we breathe in without noticing.

Some words are inspiring. They move us to action.
Some words bring joy; others bring pain.
They are like jewels that adorn us or rocks that disfigure us.

Then there is the word of God. It is the incense of life
The well of joy that keeps us hydrated in the desert of despair.

His word is intentional. The word of God calls out the fragility of our humanity while revealing the hope of the promise of salvation

By Word and Deed

“For I will not dare to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to lead the Gentiles to obedience by word and deed.” (Romans 15:18)

Today, Paul reminds us that we must evangelize both by word and deed. It is easy to evangelize people by word alone. It is easy to talk with people about what is right and what is wrong. Some evangelists are more eloquent than others and reach more people; some evangelists can write great books, articles, and blogs about God. Yet, the true evangelizer is one who performs his or her deeds along with what they preach; they “talk the talk and walk the walk.” As Paul reminds us today, there is not denying that Christ requires both ministries. Let’s keep this in our hearts as we go about living in Christ; not by word alone but also by deed.

May God bless you. Happy Friday!!!

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