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November 20, 2020

Rv 10: 8-11

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, ‘Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.’ So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, ‘Take it, and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth.’ So I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.

Then they said to me, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.’

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Consuming the Word of God

“Take [the scroll] and swallow it.” That image, as we hear it in the translation read at Mass, used to gross me out. No wonder it was sour in the prophet’s stomach. But over the years, and now especially as we endure pandemic life, the image seems apt, powerful even. Many of us Catholics have so intensely focused on Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist we consume that we sometimes overlook God’s very real presence in the scriptural Word that we consume. The Bible is different from those self-help, how-to, or spirituality books where we may or may not happen to find some solace or pithy wisdom this week or next. Rather, God’s living Word is real food, bringing us into communion with God. Take the scroll….and swallow it.  —Chris Lowney, a Fordham University graduate and one-time Jesuit seminarian, currently vice chairs the board of one of America's largest hospital systems, CommonSpirit Health.  

Prayer

Lord, in this time where many are unable to gather physically around the Eucharistic table, we ask that you nourish us with your Word, and enter into our hearts.  As we strive for deeper communion with you and with one another, may we be satisfied by your presence in Scripture. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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November 20, 2020

Rv 10: 8-11

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, ‘Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.’ So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, ‘Take it, and eat; it will be bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth.’ So I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.

Then they said to me, ‘You must prophesy again about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.’

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Consuming the Word of God

“Take [the scroll] and swallow it.” That image, as we hear it in the translation read at Mass, used to gross me out. No wonder it was sour in the prophet’s stomach. But over the years, and now especially as we endure pandemic life, the image seems apt, powerful even. Many of us Catholics have so intensely focused on Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist we consume that we sometimes overlook God’s very real presence in the scriptural Word that we consume. The Bible is different from those self-help, how-to, or spirituality books where we may or may not happen to find some solace or pithy wisdom this week or next. Rather, God’s living Word is real food, bringing us into communion with God. Take the scroll….and swallow it.  —Chris Lowney, a Fordham University graduate and one-time Jesuit seminarian, currently vice chairs the board of one of America's largest hospital systems, CommonSpirit Health.  

Prayer

Lord, in this time where many are unable to gather physically around the Eucharistic table, we ask that you nourish us with your Word, and enter into our hearts.  As we strive for deeper communion with you and with one another, may we be satisfied by your presence in Scripture. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team


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