1st Reading Hebrews 4:12-16 Reflection: When we read the opening paragraph of today's first reading from Paul's letter to the Hebrews,we get a summary of all that the Christian life is about in a couple of sentences. "The word of God is something alive and active". If it is alive then it must also be living in us and affect us in some way. Alive means something that changes, something that grows. The word should be growing within and changing us in our daily lives. Paul says that it can slip through the place that divides the soul from the spirit. This is the very heart of our being.
The soul gives life, the spirit is that part of us that is highest and is in contact with God. It is where the Holy Spirit resides. The word of God judges secret emotions and thoughts. In the next sentence the "word" is referred to as "him" thus Paul makes the word a being. And then Paul goes on to say that this word sees everything and we all shall give an account of our lives to him. Wonderful what Paul can say in a few lines!