Only Say The Word

This week we celebrate National Bible Week and invite all Catholics to deepen their faith, encountering Christ in Scripture and allowing His Word to shape their hearts and minds.

By: Rebecca Ruiz, Guest Contributor

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Have you ever had the experience of saying something you’ve said countless times before when you suddenly have a new awareness of what you are saying? Or, perhaps you’ve been reading a passage you’ve read before and upon re-reading it, it suddenly takes on a new meaning?

This happened to me the other day. I was at nine o’clock Mass in a semi-conscious, pre-caffeinated state. It was right before communion and the congregation responded, “Lord, only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.”

I’ve prayed this response countless times before but never really heard what I was saying, “Lord, only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.”

This is quite a request!  We are all in need of healing. Most people go through life seeking countless ways of healing the battle-scars of life…pop psychology, self-help books, counselors, doctors, vitamins, and medicine. All of these may offer effective means of healing and growth. Sometimes though, we leave God out of the equation. Sometimes, we forget that along with the body and mind, the soul needs healing too.

This post first appeared on Encourage and Teach on September 17, 2014. View the full text here.

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