Posted by: livingscripture | October 21, 2019

29th Monday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

29th Monday of Ordinary Time

October 21, 2019

 

WORD of the DAY 

 

Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest.  He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’  And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods  and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’  Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”    (Luke 12: 16-21)

 

 

How shall I live this Word?

The parable presents a man who is already rich and very eager to amass more wealth.  However , his great preoccupation is where to put his abundant harvest, how to organize all he possesses.  Thus he plans to build new buildings in which to protect and preserve all his possessions.  It seems that the story of this parable is quickly going towards very good outcomes.

But here is the huge question that has roots in a truth that is certain and cannot be canceled.  Death will come unexpectedly and when the rich man least expects it.  From this certain and absolute event, comes the point of a sharp sting in the form of a question.  The things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?

Lord, make me Your disciple.  Give me a heart that seeks paths of the good connected to Your Gospel where You teach us to use the goods of this world without having possessions closed in the egoism of a heart dominated by the avid thirst for individual possessions.

THE VOICE OF MAHATMA GANDHI

There is enough in the world for human needs, but not for avidity.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | October 20, 2019

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 20, 2019

WORD of the DAY

The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”     (Luke 18: 6-8)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus in his presence among us, wanted to emphasize and highlight the absolute need to pray on the part of those who say they believe. The protagonist of the parable is interesting: an ‘unjust judge’ who is annoyed by the request of the widow who insists on obtaining from him that justice be done to her. The character of the widow is true in her insistence thinking only of making the judge decide to listen to her.

The two characters of the parable are outlined with very strong symbolic evidence. The widow represents the woman and man of all times in their need for help from the Most High. The judge, by contrast, refers to a powerful God.
The meaning ‘explodes’ in the end: “And will not God do justice to His chosen ones who cry out to Him day and night?” The following statement is very consoling: “I tell you that He will do them justice promptly.”

Attention, however, to a proposition that expresses a strong and disturbing question. “But when the Son of man comes, will He find faith on earth?”

Lord, sometimes I feel like the poor widow, a person that God’s Word invites to pray without tiring and with true faith. As to the question if the Lord will find faith on the earth at the end of time, I do not know what to say. However, I trust in His being the God of great mercy.

THE VOICE OF POPE St. John Paul II
Peace requires four essential conditions: truth, justice, love, and freedom.

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Posted by: livingscripture | October 19, 2019

28th Saturday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Saturday of Ordinary Time
October 19, 2019

WORD of the DAY

I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.
“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.
(Luke 10: 1-9)

How shall I live this Word?
Our mouth should speak in correspondence with what we have in our hearts. Then our own words will judge us: what we say can be equivalent to a confession of faith, or sound like a denial of God and condemnation of others. We are called to decide, to take a stand: whether to remain in truth warmed by love, or to compromise with the world.

Today, more than ever, we cannot remain neutral. We are certain that every day will present us with the opportunity to bear witness to our God by speaking or by keeping silent, to choose whether it is opportune to use words or to remain silent. In this way, everyone who stands before us, interpreting our choices, has a clear and distinct feeling that our conscience is permanently inhabited by God, that we alone are willing to give the keys to lock or unlock it.

My Christian witness to my neighbor will be all the more truthful and reliable the more I am willing to remain in the company of the One whom I choose as Lord of my life. Today I want to spend more time with Him, listening to my love, to learn to be with Jesus and thus have more time, patience, solicitude, love with others.

THE VOICE OF POPE FRANCIS
We must accept that all the wisdom we need for life cannot be contained within the limits imposed by the current resources of communication (Pope Francis).

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Posted by: livingscripture | October 18, 2019

28th Friday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

28th Friday of Ordinary Time

October 18, 2019

WORD of the DAY  

After this the Lord appointed seventy[-two] others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.  He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.  Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.   Carry no money bag,  no sack, no sandals;  and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’  If a peaceful person  lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another.  Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is at hand for you’.”      (Luke 10: 1-9)

 

How shall I live this Word?  

To those who really want to follow him, the Lord asks for total trust, a radical expropriation not only – and not so much – from material things, but rather from our own plans, from security, from the pretense of being self-sufficient. With the mind intent on the things of heaven, we are less inclined to worry about what to eat or what to drink, because we welcome what Providence gives us.

With eyes fixed on the Lord, let us allow Him to shape us, and then we will be less affected by the fear of not pleasing others and of meeting everyone’s expectations. With our ears attentive to capture His words, we become more sensitive in communicating with each other, because we are not stunned by the noisy claims of our passions. With hands clasped in prayer, we are freer to widen them and vigorously stretch them towards the neighbor who needs to be helped. The words of the evangelist Luke are to be repeated every day so they will quicken our steps as we race towards freedom of heart!

Today I will verify my willingness to accept what Providence gives me, and I will give heartfelt thanks when someone gives me a gift. I will strive to make myself more willing to let myself be loved, allowing others to do me good and accepting the plan of salvation that the Lord has for me.

THE VOICE of LEOPOLD BEAUDENOM, RELIGIOUS

True love creates spontaneity; it overcomes all disillusionment, survives all ingratitude, remaining always tender and warm, and finally succeeds in conquering all obstacles .

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Posted by: livingscripture | October 17, 2019

28th Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Thursday of Ordinary Time
October 17, 2019

WORD of the DAY

Woe to you! You build the memorials of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.” When he left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say”. (Luke 11: 47-54)

How shall I live this Word?

The prophet is always an uncomfortable person, feared because he tells the truth that we often want to hide. History repeats itself every time: the prophet is recognized as such when he is gone. When we find him in front of us, we listen to him unwillingly. He ruins our projects, makes us experience the distance that still separates us from God, makes us sad, because if it weren’t for his words we would have felt alright. Yet we always need prophets, even if we can only appreciate them too late. We need those who tell us things to our face, those who succeed in ripping off the veil of false modesty that makes us strangers to the truth. We need those who make us discover the inconsistency of our religiosity, of false idols that we build without even realizing it. The word of Jesus possesses the strength to unhinge even those sepulchers, those mausoleums where perhaps we would like, even today, to enclose the memory of the prophets, hoping to continue doing what we want, without hearing them anymore while they remind us of our misdeeds!
Whenever I find myself faced with a decision to make, I will stand honestly before my heart and wonder if it is at peace. If I feel upset or I realize that I act on the basis of a feeling of sadness, anger, malevolence, disturbance (in other words, if I am in desolation), I will understand that the choice will be inappropriate, good only in appearance or for the moment .

The Voice of Evagrio Pontico, Church Father

Be the doorkeeper of your heart and do not let any thought enter without first interrogating it. For each thought that comes up, ask: Are you one of ours or of our opponents? And if it is ours, it will fill you with peace; if it is instead of the enemy, it will confuse you with anger and will excite you with desires.

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Posted by: livingscripture | October 16, 2019

28th Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Wednesday of Ordinary Time
October 16, 2019

WORD of the DAY

Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.”
Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”. (Luke 11: 42-46)

How shall I live this Word?

The words of Jesus have never left anyone indifferent, because they wedge themselves into the sensitive space that is at the root of our choices. These words lashed the ears of the Pharisees two thousand years ago, the most reluctant to believe and convert to the Gospel. Today they put us in crisis, who in our own way rely on the law to justify our lack of love.
Indeed, neglecting the justice and love of God is still the greatest sin, and no one is exempt from this risk. We think of how to settle debts, to settle accounts with everyone so as not to have problems; we delude ourselves that with the fulfillment of external duties we can earn the peace necessary to have respite from all tensions. Jesus upsets us because love does not follow rules, is not founded on balance sheets or tactics, but is governed by an absolute law. It is total and full donation of everything we have, even depriving ourselves of life. Let us allow ourselves to be challenged today by Him!

I accept the challenge of accepting the criticisms and the judgments that others manifest about me. Even if the temptation to stand back or react abruptly is strong, I ask for the grace to live oppositions as moments of growth and evaluation. Being able to control one’s own reactions and curb the instinct to offend others is a sign of great spiritual maturity.

The Voice of Pope Francis

The unsatisfied uneasiness, together with amazement at the novelties that appear on the horizon, opens the way to the daring that pushes young people to take their own life in their hands and become responsible for a mission. This healthy restlessness, which is awakened above all in youth, remains the characteristic of every heart that remains young, available, open.

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Posted by: livingscripture | October 15, 2019

St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic & Doctor

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Tuesday of Ordinary Time
St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic & Doctor
October 15, 2019

WORD of the DAY

After he had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees! Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you”. (Luke 11: 37-41)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus is not afraid of denouncing evil, which from within a human being becomes a system of sin, that is, it pollutes the goodness of social relations by creating alienating and oppressive superstructures and forms of thought. While the Pharisees seek out the exterior and the ‘politically correct’ (as we would say today), Jesus leads every behavior and every thought back to its root: the sin that dwells within that we try to disguise and want to remain hidden, using the hatchet of moralism.
Jesus is at the service of good, and good cannot do without truth, because it sheds light within the person and restores the original value to every attitude. Today we admire the frankness of the Son of God, who in the midst of society knows how to accept the conventions, but also knows how to remain free and is able to free Himself from those bonds that imprison us in the law.

In my daily actions, I will seek the true good of the other, not complacency, entrusting myself to the truth and making myself the bearer of truth, without fear of being judged, so that my words may truly correspond to what I have in my heart.

The Voice of Dei Verbum
The ecclesiastical magisterium is not superior to the word of God, but it serves it, teaching only what has been transmitted.

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Posted by: livingscripture | October 14, 2019

28th Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Monday of Ordinary Time
October 14, 2019

WORD of the DAY

While still more people gathered in the crowd, he said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here”. (Luke 11: 29-32)

How shall I live this Word?

The human level of our relationships expects that each person, in contact with one another, have at least some recognition. How many more expectations, in comparison, did people have when approaching Jesus! They try to test the consistency of the prophet, they put Him to the test to see if He really corresponds to their own ideas, to the image that they have made of God: they would almost like to put Him in their pocket!
Many times we experience how the arguments of those around us try to be convincing, presenting us with their points of view as good: so many words that do not edify us, but persuade us to feelings of revenge, vindication, oppression, violence, leaving us with a bitter taste in our mouth … The insurmountable claims of the crowd find their way when they realize that Jesus’ thoughts follow another course, avoiding complacency and human recognition, when they see that the true revolution bears the badge of non-violence and the gift of self. Jesus who does not bend to human logic and lets Himself be swallowed up by death to allow the power of God to manifest itself fully.

Today I will try to enhance those little things that fill the day: the possibility of using one’s abilities, of having time, of having many small resources available that are at the service of creativity and ingenuity. It is I who embellish everything, when aware of the gifts that the Lord has given me, I value them, not to please others, but to satisfy the deep call that I feel in my heart.

The Voice of Pope Francis
Everyone is born as an original, but many die as photocopies.

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Posted by: livingscripture | October 13, 2019

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 13, 2019

WORD of the DAY

As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met [him]. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” (Luke 17: 11-19)

How shall I live this Word?

What is traditionally called ‘place composition” can help us get to the heart of this Gospel. Let’s imagine the great emotional shock that must have come before Jesus, with the entrance into the scene of these poor sick people, eaten by a terrible, incurable disease! It must have been a horrifying sight! Imagination can be supportive: picture the scene, let our sensitivity come into play!
The Gospel also guides us through it to understand the feelings of Jesus. He does not remain horrified by our sin, and even less when sin has the disfigured features of a guilt that has become habitual. He approaches us, He touches us, He asks us not to be afraid … He has the power to heal the cases that every human resource, skill, and science puts aside as among the most desperate! Only by fully recognizing our misery will we have the impetus to return to Jesus, to thank Him for all He has done for us!

I ask the Lord for the grace to be aware of my sin, to recognize it, to highlight it, to call it insistently by name. To have horror of one’s illness is the necessary condition to invoke the bodily and spiritual doctor, and to remove all human respect in crying out to Him our desire to be healed.
The Voice of Pope Francis
When you know how to cry, only then will you be able to do something for others with your heart .

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Posted by: livingscripture | October 12, 2019

27th Saturday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

27th Saturday of Ordinary Time

October 12, 2019

WORD of the DAY 

 

While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.”   He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it”.       (Luke 11: 27-28)

 

 

How shall I live this Word?

The new and true knowledge of Jesus is listening to His Word. With His help, this Word must become the flesh of our flesh and life of our life. The passage of faith that must work in each of us is “listening” and “doing”, living the Word.  Jesus gives us a model to imitate: Mary – His Mother – in whom, thanks to her listening and pondering, “the Word became flesh” (Jn 1:14). Listening and observing, lived in constant remembrance, will allow the Word to grow to the point of transforming us into Him.  Then we will be blessed!.

 

Your Word, O Lord, is a lamp for my steps, a light on my path.  (Psalm 119)

The Voice of Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus, Post Synod Exhortation 10/30/10

  Faced with the exclamation of a woman from the crowd, who intends to exalt the womb that brought Him and the breast that suckled Him, Jesus reveals the secret of true joy: “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it”. Jesus shows the true greatness of Mary, thus also opening to each of us the possibility of the blessedness that is born of the Word  accepted and put into practice. For this reason, I remind all Christians that our personal and communal relationship with God depends on increasing our familiarity with the divine Word. Finally, I address all men and women, even those who have left the Church, who have left the faith or have never heard the proclamation of salvation. To each one the Lord says: “Here, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to them and eat with them and they with me” (Rev 3:20)

 

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