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.