the unruly freedom of God’s word!

An Advent Journey with Pope Francis and Evangelii Gaudium, Part 7

God’s word is unpredictable in its power…The Church has to accept this unruly freedom of the word, which accomplishes what it wills in ways that surpass our calculations and ways of thinking. (Evangelii Gaudium, 22.)

What a glorious description of God’s word. Unpredictable in its power! Unruly freedom! How would our own faith journey change if we truly embraced the word of God as an extreme adventure, a challenge with a surprise around every corner? This can happen when we put aside preconceived images and well known interpretations and dare to open our ears and hearts to newness.

One of the easiest and best ways to do this is through the practice of lectio divina. The Advent season is full of rich scriptural readings. Take a look at today’s readings. Stop….ponder….chew them over…and just sit in the solitude and listen. Let the unruly freedom and unpredictable power of God’s word take over!