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The WORD in other words (2022) by Fr Jun Castro SVD — Divine Word College of Calapan

Wednesday 3rd Week of Lent

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A mother used to tell everybody in the house: “Don’t remove the leftover food from the fridge; I’ll recycle it for future meals.” Somebody might be tempted to do away with it so as not to eat recycled food, yet the mother has one important insight – the old need not be thrown away easily. It’s still a work in progress.

In teaching his disciples, Jesus warns against the attitude of wanting to discard the language of the Old Testament—the Law and the Prophets. Yet, the warning might be a veiled caveat. They run the risk of disregarding the very Word of God. The real danger lies in not experiencing the transforming power of God’s Word nor the highest and most profound expression of that word — Jesus himself, the Divine Word.

Let works in progress prosper. After all, to learn to love God and neighbor while we are here can well be the most fulfilling of all endeavors. And when this too will have passed, we can experience St. Teresa of Avila’s words: God alone fulfills.

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