Welcoming Words

By Melodious Monk
 

A reading from the book of James:  “Welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.” There’s so much hope in this instruction from James. I love 3 words in particular from this NRSV translation: 

1) Welcome! This word, welcome, is both a warm invitation and a call to action. 
 
2) Implanted word (yes two words, but hooking them together as one idea!) The “implanted word” makes me think of a garden that is constantly and abundantly producing new “words.”  Moment by moment, God in his mysterious genius has planted in us the perfect word for this particular day. (Imagine for a moment how much creativity and love God has planted in every soul)  Something that is implanted is also permanent, but not stagnant. 
 
3) Power. Do we realize the power that has been entrusted to us? For in this implanted word is the ultimate power of the universe. St. James reminds us that if we are meek enough to trust in Jesus’ words, He has the power and willingness to heal anything we ask for ourselves or for others.
 
 
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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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