Art makes the Word visible!
Just as Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God, makes God visible, so too the Art of Man, sub-created after God's example, makes the Beauty of God visible. (Incarnation--Icon--Art!)
Here we see the Word of God carved in wood and expressing the reality of the invisible!
The Ambo at St James Cathedral in Seattle beautifully shows forth the metaphor in today's first reading from Isaiah--the eloquent carving by Randall Rosenthal places Isaiah's metaphor on the very pulpit from which the spoken Word and Preaching goes forth:
"Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seen to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it."
We see this in action, as Timothy Ratcliffe OP preaches from this ambo and the people of St James Cathedral listen. How do we listen to the Word of God? How do we take it in deeply? How do we let it grow in our lives?