After I left the priesthood in 1968, I stopped paying attention to sermons. But my sister told me about a sermon that really struck her. It was a quote from John’s Gospel, “And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
“What word?” the priest asked. “What word do we bring alive with how we live? What word to we ‘give flesh to?’
I’m no longer a priest, but now I’m a writer and words are very important to me. What word to I bring to life? What is it? Anger? I hope not. Narrow-mindedness? People who think like me, are often not respectful of conservative views. What word do I create with my life?
I know a nurse who admired her father for his integrity. She had that word tattooed on her lower left arm to remind herself to imitate her father.
What word do we live by? What word do we bring to life? Those are good questions for us. What word do I bring to life for those around me?
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