Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

It is amazing that the word of God we hear every Sunday at Mass and the those we read at home when we open the Bible were written thousands of years ago, yet that they continue to have great value for us.

The message of salvation continues from the time God first revealed Himself to humanity until this very moment. Divine revelation is the way God has spoken to us in the past and continues to communicate with us in the present. That is why the word of God remains essential, and the Bible still has the power to give life. Yet this is possible only when we open the Bible, looking and searching for that unique message that our Creator has for each one of us.

All of the teachings of Jesus and all of the promises He made are not remnants of the past, but actual and eternal teachings, God’s living word today, for each of us.

In the past, God spoke to our ancestors, and His message was written so that we may share the joy of God’s revelation; it is for that reason that the word of God will never pass away.

God’s message is waiting for us; we need to read it, remember and live it. All things (heaven and earth) will pass away, because of the nature of the material world. But the word of God will remain with us forever, handed on to each generation as an opportunity to hear the Lord’s words to us. It becomes an opportunity for salvation.

The essence of the message is to present to us what God has done for His people, and what he continues to do for each and every person. We read in the book of the prophet Isaiah: “Raise your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth below; though the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies, my salvation shall remain forever and my victory shall always be firm”(Is 51:6).

It is in knowing the word of God and becoming familiar with it that you and I learn about the plan of salvation that God makes possible, and the role that we play in it. The word of God is a word of life, especially when that word lives in us.

Fr. Sergio