We continue our discussion of the twelve points of the spirituality of communion as found in Called to be community: a guide to living a spirituality of communion, a publication of Living City of the Focolare Movement. The third of the twelve points is “the word of life.” The word of life is the word of God. We encounter the word of life in the pages of Sacred Scripture. It’s a word to be prayed, studied, and most of all lived. St. James says, “Be doers of the word and not only hearers only, deluding yourselves” (Jas 1:22). Christian life is one of constantly trying to put the word of life into practice. When we live the word of life, we show love for our neighbor, and that helps us grow in the spirituality of communion.
Lately, my beard has been the talk of the town with people asking me what made me decide to grow a beard. Well, it was the word of life that inspired me to grow a beard. In the Gospel reading for Year A of the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (it occurred on March 2 this year), Jesus says, “Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them” (Mt 6:28-29). Well, I confess that in my vanity, I’ve been anxious about my looks. So, I’m learning to let go and let God. You could say I’m striving for natural beauty. Even if my appearance looks rough, I hope my soul has become more pleasing to God for trusting in his word or at least trying to. Moreover, the time I once spent shaving, I now dedicate toward serving you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, more. My reasoning may not be the best, but at least you can see how I’m trying to live the word of life.
Name a time in your life when you lived the word of life. How did you feel? Share your experience with others.