From the Jan/Feb, 2012 issue of Touchstone
God's Word & Me by Patrick Henry Reardon

God’s Word & Me

To assert—as Christians do—that man is on this earth to be a hearer of God’s Word is to invite reflections on a great paradox. For, if the assertion is true, its truth identifies man at a level deeper than his existence. It goes to the base of his being. The full import of this assertion means:

First, if God makes me to be a hearer of the Word, his first Word to me is that which summons me from nothingness. The first truth about me is not my existence but the free divine evocation that brings about my existence: “I am, because I hear.”

To put the thing another way: my capacity to hear God’s Word is the most rudimentary . . .


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