The Power of the Word

There is nothing more powerful than the Word of God. The Bible is filled with inspirational passages, thoughtful reflections, even life-changing words.

This month, theROCK will focus on The Power of the Word and discover how these ancient writings can have a direct impact on how we live our life today.

 We begin with the most impactful quote of them all.

Jesus was asked which of the commandments is the greatest. He didn’t hesitate. He simply said this:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

Everything we say and everything we do should be based on this commandment.

  • Find time throughout your day to pray. “Jesus, I long for You to be my ultimate treasure. Help me and give me power to do so!” 
  • Open the Bible every day. Look for passages that describe the glory of who Jesus is and what He has done. Not sure where to start? Begin with the Gospels.
  • Form a daily plan. What will you do every day to grow closer to God? Write down your plans. Schedule it. Then act on it.
  • Be with God. He wants to be with you and reveal Himself to you. He enjoys you! Set time aside to be with Him.

Imagine the kind of world we would have if everyone lived liked this.

Tell us what you think. How do you live this quote every single day?


Here I am, Lord

Here I am, Lord, your servant is listening.

These were important words spoken by Samuel in the first reading this past weekend. If you recall the story, Samuel is under the tutelage of Eli. During the night, Samuel hears a voice calling him. He understandably thinks it is his teacher, Eli, who is asleep in the temple. Samuel gets up and lets Eli know that his call has been heard.

Three times Samuel undergoes this process of call and response. It is after the third time that Eli understands what is happening; that the Lord is calling Samuel. Eli encourages Samuel to respond, “Here I am Lord, your servant is listening.”

These words really hit me this last weekend. They’ve been lingering with me since. I can’t quite tell if it is the interaction between pupil and teacher that strikes me. I can’t quite tell if it is the openness of Samuel to the will of God that strikes me. I can’t quite tell if it is the wisdom of Eli that strikes me. It might simply be the response all by itself that strikes me. It might very well be all the above.

It is an endearing tale that could, quite simply, encompass the experiences of all of us; hearing the voice of God and questioning whether or not you are hearing it.

How did Eli figure it out in order to counsel Samuel? Well, Eli knew God, and he led a prayerful, devoted life. Do you have someone who fits that role for you – a person who can help you hear God in your life? I do.

Here I am, Lord, your servant is listening.

Jill Fischer is Principal of St Dominic Catholic School.