“The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12-13
Have You Had a Sharp Word from God?
If you asked St. Matthew, “Have you ever had a sharp word from God?” Today’s gospel says, “As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. Jesus said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed Jesus.”
Matthew had a sharp Word from God.
How do you know you have if you have recieved a sharp word? The Word of God changes the trajectory of your life. Before Jesus’ word, Matthew was a tax collector. And yet, the sharp word of Jesus, changed Matthews life.
At the age of 32, St. Augustine heard the sharp word of God tell him to take and read St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Augustine was converted. He received baptism from St. Ambrose, returned home, and gave all to the poor. He was consecrated Bishop of Hippo in 395.
As a native of Nebraska, Buffalo Bill lived by in North Platte. North Platte hosted his traveling show that featured Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull.
When Chief Sitting Bowl was hired in Buffalo Bill’s show, the two men became friends and their relationship became quite close based upon mutual respect. Buffalo Bill was intrigued by Chief Sitting Bull’s own conversion to Catholicism a few years earlier through the courageous Jesuit missionaries to the Sioux Indians. A few years after leaving the Wild West Show the Famous Indian chief was shot dead in a tussle on the reservation.
Twenty-seven years later, while visiting his sister, Bill Cody lay dying outside Denver, CO. The day before he died he converted to the Catholic faith. He told the priest that he had always believed in God but wanted to die a Catholic. He was inspired by the faith of Sitting Bull in his conversion and the example of his family (cf. The Mystical Humanity of Christ).
Have you had a sharp Word from God?