Commentary on The Reading of the day provided by :

Baldwin of Ford (?-c.1190), Cistercian abbot, then Archbishop of Canterbury
Treatise 6, on Hebrews 4,12 ; PL 204, 451 ;

‘Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!” ‘

“The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb 4,12).

What great power and what great wisdom there is in the word of God, these words demonstrate to those seeking Christ, who is the word, and the power and the wisdom of God (1Cor 1,24)…

When this word is preached, by the proclamation it gives to its own voice, which is heard outwardly, a voice of power interiorly sensed, by which the dead live again (Lk 7,22), and from the stones are raised up children to Abraham (Mt 3,9).

This word, then, is living in the heart of the Father, living in the mouth of the preacher, living in the heart of the believer and lover.

Since the word is living in such a manner, without doubt it is also active.

It is active in the creation of things, active in the control of the world, active in the redemption of the world.

What is more active or more powerful?

“Who can tell the mighty deeds of the Lord? Who can proclaim all his praises?” (Ps 105[106],2).

It is active in its working, active when preached.

It does not return empty, but prospers in all those things to which it is sent (Is 55.11).

This Word, then, is active and more piercing than any two-edged sword, when it is believed and loved.

What is impossible to the believer or difficult to the lover? (cf Mk 9,23).

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