The Message

The Amen

Amen is a respected word used to express unity.

Why do we say Amen after a prayer? Does it conclude that the prayer is finished? Amen; after a prayer or inspired preaching, it must be coming from the heart, or it will only be added to the vain work of the mouth.

Many still need to understand how important amen is in a spiritual sense. Amen is ageless wisdom of disposition shared with humans, spirituality to sense where our souls are heading; to take the narrow road for spiritual awakening that our spiritual journey never relinquishes the ignorance to break the barriers that our conscience cannot vision the right path of freedom from the bondage of sin.

There is fear of calling off the hard-to-win adventure of life because of the mindset that those who missed the mark will go to hell. We choose a more comprehensive road where we see ourselves doing the things that the body enjoys, and we usually choose the place of milk and honey where we can have easy access. Amen could also mean, “Here I am, LORD, use me”; we are voluntarily offering ourselves to be used for His glory. When we put all these perspectives into one whole body, we want a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father and His Son, sitting on His right hand. We obtain this grace with a priceless value greater than gold and silver, which is made possible for recipients of glorified bodies.

The purpose of Amen is to humble us that there is a true leader in our life that is, above all things spiritual and natural, the supreme being, the essence of God, the thing that makes the thing a thing. The supreme authority that can change the purpose of life redefines our existence and the preordained judgment that is soon to come. The only one that holds the key to the grace of life is how much we have to live to acknowledge Him in our lives and call His name above any other names. Ah! LORD. When will they view that life without a spirit as like dust that bounces back and forth as the winds blow, with no direction of its own, no control over where to land? We see ourselves connected to something larger than ourselves because of the power of Amen; something beyond comprehension will drive us back to innocence, if not ignorance before we reach something with a mysterious quality that can give rise to a sense of awe and wonder and that is the conscience who will testify the truth about us at the end of the ages. Amen has a more significant meaning revealed to the chosen ones and shared with us in a small piece and the whole piece at an apportioned time.

Amen usually is a response to gathering the faithful, spiritual, and physical, in social media groups or individuals, by email from your friends with the attached divine word. You can respond by telling them about the blessing by saying Amen. That is all it takes to claim the blessing. However, be sure that the scriptures go to your heart and mind without doubt, and the person who sent it is not a chain believer who sends messages with the threat that nothing good is coming your way if ignored. That was like a chain letter that became bothersome decades ago using divine names to scare people to respond, or punishment would come immediately.

Many Catholics fell on this evil work using the names of saints and followed the things to do because of fear of experiencing hardships. At that time, we do not know how to rebuke using the word of God. When you receive something like that by mail or text, rebuke it in the name of the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, which will backfire on them. Do not resend that chain to somebody; be a faith hero who subdued the evil work to spread and receive peace of mind.

You can say Amen in silence, accepting the blessing, or audible Amen to encourage hearers to share their blessings. Just get it over with. Amen is more physical than spiritual. We can sense that this Amen is equivalent to being in a hurry to leave the place, having uneasy and distracted feelings, and maybe not feeling that they belong there or disagree with what they heard; this Amen is not inspired. Sometimes, when the speaker is gifted with entertainment talent, the hearers are carried by their emotions, feeling inspired, but it is not supposed to be like that; their emotions overpower their senses. It switches the focus from the message to the speaker.

Amen also means absolute, affirmative, agreed, all right, verily, certainly, assuredly, let it be so, beyond a doubt, indeed, indeed, and indeed, it is like words without end, limitless. Eventually, it is still the same word— Amen. After the prayer, some may say thank you; thank you, Father Almighty; thank you, Lord God; thank you, Jesus, the Mighty Son, or say, thanks be to God. It is uttered even in the middle of the prayer or sermon but in whisper mode to avoid distractions to others because when the faithful are gathered together, the Holy Spirit moves in many ways: healing the poor in Spirit, the sick, and comforting those who are down and give hope to the hopeless.

The reaction when the believers receive the power of the Holy Spirit feels regenerated, from being energized to being excited to uncontrollable harmless behavior and joy; people jumping with two arms in the air, clapping as heavily as their hands can take, crying with tears of joy and some shouting as if they want heaven to hear their voices. Moreover, Healing, pastoral, and any other formal prayer sometimes utter the exact words repeatedly, leading to less uplifting and losing value to those who have heard it for decades. All these Amen lead to agreement or agreement to disagree, although they differ in words. They are united in Spirit, but what kind of Spirit? It is the Spirit of reconciliation! In addition, Amen is still an appropriate response to a prescribed script to give respect to the scripture, like a pastoral prayer. Amen is not limited to what was mentioned above; there is an abundance to show how we agree. Jesus used verily instead of amen and amen.

Jesus taught about the power of agreement: “Then said Jesus unto them again, verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep…” Matthew 18:19.

When we hear the preaching about God’s grace, a gift from God that we sinners do not deserve, our response could be Thanks be to God, thank you, Father, or Thank you, LORD; it is the same as Amen but more specific. Whatever you do or whenever you are less busy, always think that Amen is to be respected and use it appropriately, for our God is the God of order. He is a jealous God who wants our focus to remain firm and not distracted by false teachings, prophecies, idols, and promises.

God will never give or share His glory with anyone, especially idols. So when we call the name of the LORD, we must make sure that the Amen is from our hearts, that His Spirit gives life, and that He looks into our hearts so He knows exactly who we are. It is a big deal, so try to avoid making mistakes. Do you agree that the LORD is one?

Amen!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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