The Word Going Forth…

In case you’re wondering, the Great Big Continuous Public Bible Read instigated by Pope Benedict XVI is still going on, and they’re up to Ezekiel 14. It’s in Italian, but still awesome to check in on from time to time. There are musical interludes between books.

I’m loving it. As I wrote here, this will bear fruit!

It doesn’t really matter if no one listens. Some will, some won’t. The major portion of the Word will be read to no audience at all. But by the very act of reading it – of sending those words forth, on the air – the power of the Word is unleashed, and will still be efficacious. Just as a prayer said when one is tired, distracted and woebegotten is as much a prayer as one said fervently, there is power in this act of Benedict’s, as the prophet Isaiah foretold: So shall my word be, which shall go forth from my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please, and shall prosper in the things for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11)

Pop in and watch the reading, hear the Word being sent forth by the breath of man – upon which rides the Holy Spirit – it is marvelous to behold, even if you don’t understand Italian. It is marvelous to ponder that something this simple is being released into a busy, oblivious world. This Word, this act, this co-operation between God and man, is going to rock the world, and the world may not even realize what has rocked it, as the fruit is born.

There is nothing I love more than being right smack dab in the middle of a Holy Mystery.

No matter how badly I feel – and right now, for purely personal reasons, I feel very bad, very unloved and unlooked-after in ways not worth going into here, because they’re silly – I do well for myself by clicking onto that site (and then hitting the top red box on the right-hand side) and listening, and wondering, and thinking, Hey, God and Father? You are the coolest!

Yesterday, I added my little voice to the air, and gave my breath to the Holy Spirit, for his use if he wants it – I went to a local park and pond and sat among the Canada geese and read my breviary aloud to the water fowl and the birds of the air and the chipmunks and other woodland creatures. I went out into the world and prayed aloud; gonna do it again, this afternoon.

Try it. It’s actually kind of neat. The geese all walked over and listened!

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  • Grace note

    OK, I finally had time to sit an listen . . . I got my Bible out and was able to find the passage the reader was at and follow along! Totally cool!

    I love Pope Benedict XVI!!!!

  • Barbara

    I agree with Gayle and Grace!

    I certain we do not know fully why we are placed as we are at any time, but He does. Being secretly used by God, not such a bad thing, eh, A.?

    I understand that geese are very intelligent animals.

  • Hantchu

    I don’t know if anyone has metioned this before, but the Bible tells us about the command to gather all the people in Jerusalem after the sabbatical year to hear the king read the entire Torah out loud. This is called “Hak’hel”, meaning “gather together”. And guess what? The sabbatical year (shmitta) just ended. We don’t do the real hak’hel nowadays, but we do a “remembrance of hak’hel”, which will be held again this year in the Old City of Jerusalem during Thursday of Succot, next week.

    Benedict knows about the tradition of hak’hel, because, as we have noted, he reads the Bible. I have no doubt he is inspired by the concept of gathering everyone to hear the entire Word read aloud. He isn’t making anything up here, but he’s well-rooted enough to understand the positive ramifications of reviving a tradition.

    Myself, if I’m not on duty at the hospital, I want to brave the crowds and hear at least some of the word read in Jerusalem. I will keep you in mind, Anchoress. You’re a good influence, you know?

    [That's very interesting! If you do get to hear some of the reading, please remember me and my family in a prayer! Admin]

  • jakewashere

    I just tuned in & saw what looked like a 12-year-old boy reading Malachi 3. Appropriate reading for these days. (Better get bqack before I miss Matthew 1)

    1 Behold I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And presently the Lord, whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts.
    2 And who shall be able to think of the day of his coming? and who shall stand to see him? for he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller’s herb:
    3 And he shall sit refining and cleansing the silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and shall refine them as gold, and as silver, and they shall offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice.
    4 And the sacrifice of Juda and of Jerusalem shall please the Lord, as in the days of old, and in the ancient years.
    5 And I will come to you in judgment, and will be a speedy witness against sorcerers, and adulterers, and false swearers, and them that oppress the hireling in his wages; the widows, and the fatherless: and oppress the stranger, and have not feared me, saith the Lord of hosts.
    6 For I am the Lord, and I change not: and you the sons of Jacob are not consumed.
    7 For from the days of your fathers you have departed from my ordinances, and have not kept them: Return to me, and I will return to you, saith the Lord of hosts. And you have said: Wherein shall we return?
    8 Shall a man afflict God? for you afflict me. And you have said: Wherein do we afflict thee? in tithes and in firstfruits.
    9 And you are cursed with want, and you afflict me, even the whole nation of you.
    10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and try me in this, saith the Lord: if I open not unto you the flood-gates of heaven, and pour you out a blessing even to abundance.
    11 And I will rebuke for your sakes the devourer, and he shall not spoil the fruit of your land: neither shall the vine in the field be barren, saith the Lord of hosts.
    12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for you shall be a delightful land, saith the Lord of hosts.
    13 Your words have been unsufferable to me, saith the Lord.
    14 And you have said: What have we spoken against thee? You have said: He laboureth in vain that serveth God, and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinances, and that we have walked sorrowful before the Lord of hosts?
    15 Wherefore now we call the proud people happy, for they that work wickedness are built up, and they have tempted God and are preserved.
    16 Then they that feared the Lord spoke every one with his neighbour: and the Lord gave ear, and heard it: and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that fear the Lord, and think on his name.
    17 And they shall be my special possession, saith the Lord of hosts, in the day that I do judgment: and I will spare them, as a man spareth his son that serveth him.
    18 And you shall return, and shall see the difference between the just and the wicked: and between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not.

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  • dellbabe68

    Anchoress, you pulled a Francis!

    I love Burning Bushes.