Savor the Living Word of God. Hold the Word deep within the heart and soul. Use the mind to recognize the truth in the Word. Let the reality of His Word break through other precepts or inclinations varying from the Living Word that is true, always, in any age, time, or place.
So it is that the other morning when I read the Scriptures, specifically from Romans in the Second Reading for the First Sunday in Lent, His Real Presence impressed upon me once more the depth and breadth of God's Law of Love that reigns supreme over any other laws. Here it is yet again, more truth:
"Brothers and sisters:
What does Scripture say?
The word is near you,
in your mouth and in your heart
--that is, the word of faith that we preach--,
For, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.
For the Scriptures says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame.
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek;
the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him.
For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'"
It is so simple, is it not? Yet when we take on the law of minds and taught precepts which become so preached as to seem like doctrine, and place these other aspects before and above, with more emphasis than on the Law of God--the law of Love, the Royal Law--we lose the power we are given of Christ, of faith in His Real Presence, of loving God above all things and loving others as ourselves.
Let us be humbled by the profundity of the Living Word of God! Let us do away with judging others. Let us melt the niggardly lines of the increasing profusion of laws of minds that divide us--even divide those within the Church, even within consecrated vocations, within congregations, within parishes among parishioners. What good is there in that? Does the Lord smile upon such judging and divisional, picayune minutia?
The Word made flesh is in those of us who love and believe and live His law of Love. He is the same Lord Who Is Lord of all and Who hears our voices when we call upon him. He shall save all of us who call on the name of the Lord and believe in Him!
God bless His Real Presence in us!