Today’s Gospel Acclamation (cf. Luke 8:15):
‘Blessed are those who,
with a noble and generous heart,
take the word of God to themselves
and yield a harvest through their perseverance.’
This passage speaks of the Word of God and how those who take it into their hearts and persevere with it will be blessed.
Isn’t it interesting that the word ‘perseverance’ is used? You see, God knows we will encounter difficult times in sticking to His Word and also when we try to spread that Word to others. He knows it won’t be easy and, indeed, persecution may well follow.
Yet we are called to rely on His Word. And we are called to take it into our hearts and turn to it in every single second of our lives. God invites us to always have His Word to hand so that we can gain strength from it and speak about Him to others so that they too can gain strength from it.
The Word of God is our help, it is not our hindrance.