Sometimes in reading the bible, the words we read can seem rather ordinary. In fact, readings might not immediately catch our attention. But today’s first reading reminds us they are not just words. Listen carefully to the words of Saint Paul. “For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.” Whenever we proclaim the Word of God or pray over, it God speaks. Do you forget the bible is the word of God?
Saint Augustine did. While today we remember him as a great saint, that was not always true. Day after day his mother prayed for him. God heard her prayers. But it was the action of God that made this possible. Only God was capable of so influencing Augustine he converted. The movement of God in our hearts is still available. God can still influence in power, in the Holy Spirit, and with much conviction.