‘My words will remain’, said Jesus. They do. But of what use are they unless we listen to them and live by them?

Words are so full of potential both positive and negative. During this National Anti-Bullying Week (16th-20th. Nov.) we are reminded of the negative power of words. Words placed on Facebook, MSN, BB Messenger, text or spoken to others that cause pain and anger. Words that destroy a person’s good name in seconds, embarrass, belittle or threaten them. Against this use of words we have the words of Jesus, words of comfort for the bereaved, words of peace where there is conflict, words of reconciliation where there is division ; “come to me you who are weary and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11 : 28).

The words of Jesus remain, just as he said they would. Through them Jesus is present and among us. “What good will it do if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?” “Love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you.” “The greatest among you is the one who serves.” “There is joy in Heaven when one sinner repents.” Lord, your words challenge and inspire us, they guide and comfort us. They can turn our values upside down.