“We will listen to the Word of God, we will raise our supplication, we will adore the Blessed Sacrament, at the end I will impart the Urbi et orbi Blessing, and you will have the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence.”
We all experience temptation. Even Jesus experienced temptation. How does Satan want to take you away from a relationship with God? That is his goal. Think about what you can do to use the grace of God just as Jesus did when he was tempted.
There is an often quoted statement from Saint Thomas Aquinas, who we celebrate today. Aquinas is really the most gifted theologian in the history of the Church. But toward the end of his life, he was saying that all he had written was just so much straw. Some take this to mean he did not value or appreciate what he wrote. However, truth be told, he was comparing what he wrote with his mystical experience of God and compared to this mystical experience of God, what he had written, his attempts to clarify, seemed like so much straw. What we are reminded of today is what Aquinas knew so well; there is nothing better than our relationship with God.
Today is the first time we will celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God. Just as we celebrate special Sundays for the Body and Blood of Christ, and the Trinity, Pope Francis thought it good that we focus one Sunday with special emphasis on the Word of God. Do you have a bible in your home? Do you read it? Do you study it? Do you pray with it? Do you share the Word with others? Go. Teach. Baptize. This is our baptismal call. And the Word of God is the story we share.