The Ardour of Words

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 50
Psalm 118
Gen. 16: 15 and 17: 14
Heb. 10: 19-10
John 5:30-47

The Ardour of Words

In this gospel John in his calm, beautiful way with words explains that the works Jesus does are because his words and power come from a source so full of authority that they have complete power to heal. When we receive the chalice we are receiving salvation when we hear, “the blood of Christ, the cup of salvation.”

But there is something we don’t understand in the power of belief, actions, and words. The word is important to this apostle. Remember, this is John who begins his gospel with “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.”

It is interesting to note that the scene beside the pool with the man who couldn’t walk took place just before a time when Jesus and his disciples, John tells us, cross over Galilee and behold the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

The Greek for “word” is “logos” and in Chinese is “Tao” but we have no good word for meaning a moral energy diffusing itself into the world, so we sometimes use “logos”. It is with this concept of logos that Jesus went into the center of a group of invalids, one of whom had been there for eight years, and said, “get up, take your pallet and walk”, and hearing and being healed were one.

Written by Rebecca Newth Harrison

Rebecca Newth Harrison is a parishioner, choir member, and author.

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