Posted by: livingscripture | February 12, 2016

Friday after Ash Wednesday

 

 

From the Word of the Day

Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke?

Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own flesh?  (Isaiah 58: 6-7)

How should we live this Word light_and_truth_dewey1[1]

At the beginning of His public life, when at Nazareth, He reads the page of Isaiah in the synagogue similar to the one cited above and He proclaims Himself the incarnation of that prophecy.  He is the Messiah and the miracles confirm this.  He has come to break evil chains; remove yokes; free the oppressed, and untie the thongs of the yoke.  He does this without defeating the powerful ones of His time, because His revolution is from the grassroots.  It begins with the people, even those not elected; He restores vitality, solicits sharing.  He denounces the void that subjugates people to the cult tied to the law, not so much divine law, but the law made by men to exercise their power.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord to free me and the whole world from our subjugation to evil and sin.

Lord, help me to recognize my misery. Let me not justify myself by my pride in fasting and respecting norms and precepts that do not come from You.  Give me a merciful heart that loves life. 

The Voice of Pope Francis 

Before this love as strong as death, the most miserable poor persons are the ones who do not accept to recognize themselves as such.  They believe they are rich, but in reality they are the poorest of the poor.  They are such because they are slaves to sin that move them to use riches and power to avoid serving God and others.  Rather, they suffocate in themselves the deep awareness of being nothing other than poor beggars.  The more the power and riches at their disposal, the greater their mendacious blindness can become. (Lenten 2016 Discourse)

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 11, 2016

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

 

 

From the Word of the Day

I call heaven and earth today to witness against you: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live by loving the Lord, your God, obeying his voice, and holding fast to him. For that will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the Lord swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give to them.                                        (Deuteronomy 30: 19-20) 

How should we live this Word mother teresa[1]

This Word of Lent is helping us to keep focused on what we have to live, and to express our faith.  It speaks of the works of mercy in a renewed way, not as gestures given by benefactors, secure in their truth and goodness.  For the Pope, the works of mercy are journeys of seeking life and choosing it.  It is not done for publicity, but done for the sick, for the imprisoned, for those who have suffered violence.  We go to find life because, if not, we die.  We go to share suffering, need, so that life may be abundant for everyone.

Let us ask ourselves if we choose life when we define as pathological the expressions of growth of the young people, or we deny them work, and a future with our desire to never become old, or we react with annoyance at the presence of immigrants in our area.  We also may avoid certain zones considered unsafe.  This can also happen in parishes, oratories, schools that become exclusive as a form of protection and safety.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I  beg You Lord to be my Guide as I travel through Lent that I may gradually see with Your eyes and speak with Your words.

Lord, have mercy on us!  Restore us to a charity that transforms through loving, sharing, suffering. 

The Voice of Pope Francis 

Thus, my wish is that “the Christian people may reflect during this Jubilee on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  This will be a way to reawaken our conscience so often dulled by the dramas of poverty, that we may enter ever more deeply into the heart of the Gospel, where the poor are the privileged ones of Divine Mercy.

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 10, 2016

ASH WEDNESDAY

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

ASH WEDNESDAY

 February 10, 2016

 

From the Word of the Day

As he said, ‘At the time of my favor I have answered you; on the day of salvation I have helped you’; well, now is the real time of favor, now the day of salvation is here.

(2 Corinthians 6:2)

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Today is Ash Wednesday.  The Liturgy of the Word helps us to change the channel, to synchronize ourselves from a Kronos time that now becomes Kairos time, which is the opposite of Kronos time with its inexorable and voracious flow of days that only seem to deprive, impoverish, and subjugate people.  Kairos time is a positive opportunity, a possibility, an occasion.  It is a taking flight over the flow of the future in the present and past and that restores density and consistency to all that Kronos has emptied.  It is a kind of hiatus between the flow of hours; a vital suspension that regenerates, brings life, and allows Salvation to redirect our existence.  In this hiatus, the gifts of grace take shape in us; forgiveness rebuilds the possibility of living and beginning again.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall ask Jesus to give me a true Lenten attitude that allows His grace to flow through me and renew His image in me.

Lord, please do not allow me to be lost in the banality of chronological time.  Let Lent be the Kairos time of salvation so that I may recompose myself, reflect myself in You, and choose You, the only Savior of the world.

The Voice of Pope Francis 

Listening to the Word and the works of mercy is the best ways to prepare ourselves to celebrate the victory over sin and death by the Risen Lord.  He desires to purify His promised Spouse in the time of waiting for His coming.  Let us not lose this time of Lent so favorable for conversion. 

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 9, 2016

Fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.

 (Mark 7: 6)

 How should we live this Word image078- worship

Worship that is detached from faith and life becomes the expression of sterility, faithful only to the Law and to human interests.   This attitude often aroused the anger of Jesus.  As in the page of today’s Gospel, people are always able to reject God’s commandment in order to obey traditions they have created.  This happens today as well.

The forms of religious fundamentalism have made this scission definitive today.  Forgetting God’s face of love, they live ablutions, rites, rules that invade human experience in all its expressions.  Obligations include how to dress, to eat, to use free time, and also relationships are considered dangerous if allow the use of reason and sentiments.  Violence, the refusal to dialogue, disrespect toward persons take first place in a definitive way.  They sweep away what is most beautiful in the Good News, the discovery of God as Love, the beauty of loving in Him even our enemies, of seeing His Face in every creature, and the possibility of living spiritual worship.

“Thus, I exhort you, for God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice pleasing to God.  This is your spiritual worship”.  (Romans 12:2)

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to illumine me with His light that I may always follow His way.

Lord, help me to give the reason for my faith but without wars, barriers, divisions, or prejudice.  You are the greatest value; all the rest passes away. 

The Voice of Pope Francis 

For everyone, Lent of this Jubilee Year is, therefore, a favorable time to finally put aside our own existential alienation, thanks to listening to the Word and to the works of mercy.

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 8, 2016

Fifth Monday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

They laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak.   (Mark 6: 55)

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 In Mark, the public life of Jesus is in continual movement without rest among the people in various cities and areas, facing both the insidiousness of the Pharisees and the spasmodic and morbid requests of the crowds who are also looking for immediate well being and clamorous signs.  Jesus denies no one, remaining in situations and with persons living there.  He calls to them, provokes them, makes them think, and even accept; He heals and saves.  In this way, He sends them to a beyond which opens to a new face of God and also of humanity.  What He reveals is the reduced distance between God and human beings.  God is the omnipresent One, Yahweh, the Father, the just judge, king of the armies.  But God is also the Son, the Suffering Servant, and the loving Mother who totally assumes the human condition; enters into daily life; and transforms it into a place of salvation.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall thank Jesus for all He is to me and for His revelation of God’s true face.

Lord, let me never lose sight of my need for salvation and the desire to touch You in the Eucharist.

 The Voice of Pope Francis 

The corporal and spiritual works of mercy remind us that our faith must be translated into concrete actions each day, aimed at helping our neighbor in body and spirit.

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 7, 2016

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

From the Word of the Day

He touched my mouth with it. “See,” he said, “now that this has touched your lips, your wickedness is removed, your sin purged”.  (Isaiah 6: 7)

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 Sin, repentance, expiation, forgiveness…there is sin and guilt, torment, and desperation; and there are two ways of facing ourselves before evil, before the good, before love.  They are interior attitudes and behaviors that are continually interwoven in our life and which determine interpretations, choices, emotions, and feelings that deeply shape the profile of our person.

The verse chosen today is part of the account of Isaiah’s vocation.  The prophet feels unworthy of the mission that God is entrusting to him and he declares his inadequacy.  The angel as God’s mediator intervenes and purifies, creating the conditions of expiation and regeneration in the forgiveness of that which could have been ruined.  Isaiah will be a great prophet, not in his own name but in the name of God.

The Gospel proposes something similar.  Simon, who is called by Jesus to follow Him, is fearful and calls himself a sinner.  From him we know that his sin is not so much that of which he could have been conscious of when he met Jesus.  The devastating sin of Peter is his denial of Jesus on the night of His passion.  But the healthy road that Jesus teaches and gives him and his followers is formative.  In the furrow of the pardon given, Jesus allows the humanity of Peter to sin, feel sorrow, expiate, and receive forgiveness, going completely out of himself and trusting himself in an undivided way to Jesus.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will turn to Jesus and never let fear keep me from Him.

Lord, in this Jubilee of Mercy, let every person meet Your forgiveness and thus rebuild a full life, abounding in Your Grace that generates life,  forgiveness and grace.

The Voice of Pope Francis 

The mercy of God transforms the human heart and makes it experiment a faithful love, and thus renders it capable of mercy in its turn.  It is an ever new miracle that divine mercy can radiate in the life of each one of us, motivating us to love our neighbor and animate what the Church tradition calls the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 6, 2016

Fourth Saturday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

Now, Lord, my God, you have made me, your servant, king to succeed David my father; but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act, your servant, among the people you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant, therefore, a listening heart to judge your people and to distinguish between good and evil. Who is able to give judgment for this vast people of yours?” (1 Kings 3: 7-9)

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Even the figure of Solomon presents elements of wisdom lived responsibly and with complete trust in God.  Above all, he is conscious of his limits.  His youth will certainly not help him rule as an expert.   He speaks to God with great simplicity, telling Him that he really does not know how to rule and how to act.  What is really striking is that he is not discouraged, nor does he refuse to accept what God has prepared for him.

On the contrary, he puts his painful tension and his preoccupations entirely into prayer.  The Lord is there to suggest to him the very words of the prayer that is so courageous and trustful at the same time

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will place all my trust in God who is always there to listen to me and to help me.

Lord Jesus, You who came to cure the sick, I beg You to give me a heart that is docile to Your Word; a heart docile to accept what You want to tell me, so that I may live in obedience to Your will of peace and good for me and for all my sisters and brothers. 

The Voice of Hans Urs von Balthazar, Theologian 

Those who do not want to listen to God first, have nothing to say to the world.

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 5, 2016

Fourth Friday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

David…with his every deed he offered thanks to God Most High, in words of praise.  With his whole heart he loved his Maker and daily had his praises sung; He added beauty to the feasts and solemnized the seasons of each year…so that when the Holy Name was praised before daybreak the sanctuary of the Lord would resound.

(Ecclesiasticus – Ben Sira- 47: 8-12)

 

How should we live this Wordcommunity

 The Book of Ben Sira contains precious gems of wisdom, and one of these regards David’s person, who not only was a courageous leader ever ready to defend his people, but also lived the primacy of praise to God, and not only personally.  In fact, he felt the importance of conferring splendor on the feasts and educating the people to the praise of the Holy of Holies that renders it beautiful and solemn in human life.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will rejoice in the beauty of God’s praise at Holy Mass, especially on feast days, as well as during my own personal prayer.

Lord, make me aware that my life is precious if I remember that it is Your gift and thus live it in praise of God.  You are the cause and reason of my existence.  Grant that I may live the festive days in a different way than work days, with the needed rest, with recreational choices that help me to keep my physical, spiritual, and psychological balance so I may be a source of joy, serenity, and peace.

The Voice of St. Teresa of Avila, Carmelite and Doctor of the Church

Continuous conversation with Christ augments love and trust.

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 4, 2016

Fourth Thursday of Ordinary Time

 

 

From the Word of the Day

When the time of David’s death drew near, he gave these instructions to Solomon his son:  “I am going the way of all the earth. Be strong and be a man!  Keep the mandate of the Lord, your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, commands, ordinances, and decrees as they are written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in whatever you do, and wherever you turn. (I Kings 2: 1-3)

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 As in the life of every person, the moment came for David as well to leave everything.  We are grateful that the Bible recorded the attitude of this man at the important time of his departure.  There is in his last words, the awareness that he was not living a tragedy but an exodus “on the road of every human being”.

His whole attention is turned to his son, but in an atmosphere of one who, till the end, lives his responsibility of entrusting the recommendations that, in a similar time, are extremely important and require the son to have the strength of spirit and show himself firm and authentic in his identity as a human being.  It is to this identity that David binds his request to his son of observing the law of God, proceeding on the road of His commandments.  David does not ask his son in a to obey the law in a constricting manner because it is the law, but because it comes from God and, if we follow it freely for love of God, it leads our life to outcomes that are very positive.  In fact, David says that his proposal is in view of the complete success of his son in function of the promises made by God.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will express to Jesus my desire to follow His laws that are life-giving for love of Him and not out of formalism.

Thank You, Lord, for David’s words that are rich in instruction and not tainted by any nostalgic or sad sentiments.  David can tell his son these things because, even in his sins and fragility, he knew how to distinguish evil from good and name his lapses.  Thus, he can show his son that a life of obedience to God’s laws is substantially a fully successful life, in line with God’s will who wants only our good.

The Voice of St. Augustine

Between our last breath and hell, there is the ocean of God’s mercy.

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 3, 2016

Fourth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

The angel of the Lord was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.  When David saw the angel who was striking the people, he said to the Lord: “It is I who have sinned; it is I, the shepherd, who have done wrong. But these sheep, what have they done? Strike me and my father’s family!”  (2 Samuel 24: 16-17)

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 David had committed sins of pride and presumption.  In his great thirst for power, he becomes curious to know the number of the population over whom he reigned.  However, after he had obtained the exact information of those subject to him, he had remorse of heart for his errant behavior and asked the Lord to remove his guilty conscience because “I have committed great foolishness”.

God accepts David’s repentance and proposes to correct him through a punishment motivated by the desire to see him return to the right path.  David chooses the punishment of the plague but when he sees the suffering that has fallen upon his people who were dying, he tells the Lord, “It is I the shepherd who have sinned.  But these sheep, what have they done?”  He asks the Lord to strike him and spare the people.

This is a man who lived, often letting himself be ruled by his impetuous character and his passionate tendencies.  However, he is a true man and does not refuse to face his own sins and to denounce them in his conscience.  What’s more, in a sense of justice solidly united to charity, he asks that he himself suffer the evil so that his people may be spared.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will repent of all my sins, especially if they have caused harm to others.

Thank You, Lord for the intense and diverse personality of David who does not hide his sins, but in a certain sense, assumes those of the people as well and asks God that his people be spared from punishment.  He even asks that the punishment fall on him rather than them.  Take me out of my egoism, Lord, free me from its negative effects and help me to be generous in regard to others.  Let me be like You who took my sins and those of the whole world upon Yourself to save all those who entrust themselves to You.

 The Voice of Pope Saint John Paul II

 Mercy is the indispensable dimension of love.  It is like its second name. 

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