The Divine Power in Man’s Word
Facts and words: they seem contrary to modern man. Word was instead the materialization of thought for the ancient people. It was no wind, but a crystallization of feelings and emotions. It does not only transmit ideas and information, but communicates a creative or destructive charge of the person who utters it. The idols could not cause neither good nor bad, because—it was said—“They have mouths that cannot speak” (Ps 115:5), while the Lord, with his word creates the heavens, “for he spoke and so it was” (Ps 33:6, 9).
The word of God, which has given shape to the universe and preserves the earth and the heavens (2 P 3:5-7) has come into the world, “and was made flesh” (Jn 1:14) and gave sight to the blind, made the dumb speak, the lame on his feet, offered food to the hungry, liberty to the captives and joy to the broken-hearted. He turned the sinner into a disciple, the dishonest tax collector into an apostle, the chief tax collector into a son of Abraham and a bandit into the first of the guests at the heavenly banquet.
Priests, parents and Christian educators often say they are disappointed. They complain because their gospel-inspired exhortations seem to fall on deaf ears or have a very weak impact. The word of the Lord—they ask—has perhaps lost its efficacy? If it does not change hearts and minds, if it does not make a new world sprout, then it is not the word of God, but of people. It is easy to misunderstand: one preaches about oneself and one’s own convictions, believing of proclaiming the gospel. The good exhortations, warnings dictated by common sense, the wisdom of this world often show themselves useful, but they never worked wonders. Miracles happen only if the announced word is that of the Master.
To internalize the message, we repeat:
“We do not preach ourselves, but the word of Christ the Lord.”