Posted by: livingscripture | February 23, 2017

Thursday February 23, 2017

 

 

WORD of the DAY

Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.       (Mark 9: 50)

How shall I live this Word?P98[1]

Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Polycarp who was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist, nominated as Bishop of Smyrna (in Turkey today) where he received St. Ignatius of Antioch who was on his way to martyrdom in Rome.  Together with Pope Aniceto, the date for Easter was agreed upon and thus was celebrated on the same day in the Eastern and Western Church.  He was martyred at the age of 86, burned on a pyre.

The account attesting to his passion is the most ancient document on the cult of the martyrs.  His prayer while being burned is like a prolongation of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.  At the moment of his martyrdom he said, “I am 86 years old and I have served Christ all that time and He never did any harm to me:  how can I curse my King and Savior?”  He was termed by the pagans themselves as the Teacher of Asia, the father of Christians, the destroyer of our gods.

St. Polycarp was for his people the salt that flavored all of his pastoral ministry and a sublime example of fidelity to the Gospel of Christ even to the witness of martyrdom.

Lord, give me the strength to be your faithful witness after the example of St. Polycarp.

The voice of St. Polycarp

Follow the example of the Lord, strong and irreprehensible in the faith, full of love towards the brethren, charitable toward each other, united in truth, competing with one another in the meekness of the Lord, without despising anyone.  Do not defer doing good when you can.

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 22, 2017

MEDITATION FOR WEDNESDAY FEB. 22

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

FEBRUARY 22, 2017

“It is not the actual physical exertion that counts towards a man’s progress, nor the nature of the task, but by the spirit of faith with which it is undertaken.”
— St. Francis Xavier

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“When in your life of faith you are confronted with the deeper mysteries it is natural to become a little frightened. When this happens, take heart faithful Christian. Do not raise objections, but ask with loving submission, ‘How can these things be?’ Let your question be a prayer, an expression of love and self-surrender to God. Let it be an expression of your humble desire not to penetrate his sublime majesty, but to find salvation through the saving deeds of God our Savior.”
— Abbot William of Thierry
Posted by: livingscripture | February 22, 2017

Seventh Wednesday of Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.

(Matthew 16: 18)

How shall I live this Word?Pope Francis

On this feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we remember in a special way the precious and indispensable service of the Pope, successor of St. Peter, in the role he has as the father and teacher of Christians.  It is Jesus Himself who chooses Peter to entrust to him ‘the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven’, symbol of power, but above all, of the mission that the Pope must accomplish for the good and the progress of the faithful.

Today we are invited to pray especially for the Pope, as the one who is responsible for teaching and guiding the faithful so that he will be illumined by the Spirit and supported by all Christians, and all of humanity.  The Pope becomes a real point of reference for the ‘civilization of love’ in which justice must be integrated and sublimated in charity, as Pope Paul VI insisted.

Lord, sustain our beloved Pope Francis and give him the light and the strength to guide the Christian people.

The voice of Prayer of today’s Liturgy

Grant, omnipotent God, that amid the world’s upsets, your Church will not be disturbed.  You founded it on the rock with the profession of faith of the apostle Peter.

 

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 21, 2017

Seventh Tuesday of Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.

(Mark 9: 35)

How shall I live this Word?refugees-2

Jesus gives us an exemplary teaching for our human and Christian life: place yourself at the service of others, help them in their difficulties, understand them in the hard events that can happen, go to meet them in the anguishes of life as far as possible.

Jesus Himself first gave us the sublime example.  He was God and He became human and made Himself our companion on the journey in all the situations of life.  Therefore, He asks us to imitate Him.  In this way, each of us can become a ‘savior’ for the other and a friend that eases the way to God.

Lord, make me a sister/brother to everyone so that together we can joyfully reach our heavenly homeland.

The voice of Pope Francis

Let us never forget the true power of service.  We need to take care of the people, of every person, with love, especially the children, the elderly, those who are more fragile and often are on the periphery of our heart.

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 20, 2017

Meditation of Monday 20th ’17

#Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

“Start by doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
— St. Francis of Assisi

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“No one denies what everyone knows, for nature herself teaches it: that God is the Creator of the universe, and that it is good, and that it belongs to humanity by the free gift of its Creator. But there is a vast difference between the corrupted state and the state of primal purity, just as there is a vast difference between Creator and the corruptor. … We ourselves, though we’re guilty of every sin, are not just a work of God: we’re image. Yet we have cut ourselves off from our Creator in both soul and body. Did we get eyes to serve lust, the tongue to speak evil, ears to hear evil, a throat for gluttony, a stomach to be gluttony’s ally, hands to do violence,  feet for an erring life? Was the soul put in the body to think up traps, fraud, and injustice? I don’t think so.”
— Tertullian
Posted by: livingscripture | February 20, 2017

Seventh Monday in Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

Then the boy’s father cried out, “I do believe, help my unbelief!”

(Mark 9: 24)

How shall I live this Word?cure-of-the-boy

A distraught father brings Jesus his son who is tormented by convulsions from a serious illness and begs Him to cure him.  The father had already asked the disciples of Jesus but their attempts were not successful.

Jesus works the miracle and restores the boy to his father healed.  The disciples ask Jesus why they could not free the boy from the demon.  Jesus responds that they had too little faith.  In fact, only faith as absolute trust in God and ardent prayer as a request to God for help, can obtain the miracle.  If instead, we are closed in on ourselves, in our egoism, or we think that we are self-sufficient, we cannot approach God and obtain what we ask.

Lord, increase my faith and grant me absolute confidence in Your love and in Your power.

The voice of Buddha

They asked him: “What is the best thing to possess?”

Buddha responded: “Faith is the best thing you can possess”.

 

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 19, 2017

Meditation for Sunday

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

FEBRUARY 19, 2017

“We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.”
— St. Francis de Sales

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“And so the idea of peace came down to do the work of peace: The Word was made flesh and even now dwells among us. It is by faith that he dwells in our hearts, in our memory, our intellect and penetrates even into our imagination. What concept could man have of God if he did not first fashion an image of him in his heart? By nature incomprehensible and inaccessible, he was invisible and unthinkable, but now he wished to be understood, to be seen and thought of. But how, you ask, was this done? He lay in a manger and rested on a virgin’s breast, preached on a mountain, and spent the night in prayer. He hung on a cross, grew pale in death, and roamed free among the dead and ruled over those in hell. He rose again on the third day, and showed the apostles the wounds of the nails, the signs of victory; and finally in their presence he ascended to the sanctuary of heaven. How can we not contemplate this story in truth, piety and holiness?”
— St. Bernard
Posted by: livingscripture | February 19, 2017

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 WORD of the DAY

But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5: 44)

How shall I live this Word?imagesCAAP5NO9

Jesus affirms that evil and hatred can be won over only by opposing them with love and prayer.  Thus the ancient law of vengeance, an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth, is overcome.  This is the only way of eliminating evil at its source  because evil cannot be conquered by another evil, but only by the good.

Only love renews the heart, gives us eyes full of compassion and understanding for the mistakes of others.  It makes us bend over the needs of others full of mercy, even if they have done us harm.

Jesus is for us, women and men, the model to imitate and to follow.  From the Cross He forgives His crucifiers because they ‘do not know what they are doing’ (Cf. Luke 23: 24).

Even though it is difficult, forgiveness and prayer for our persecutors characterizes our Christian life and lightens our journey toward God.

Lord, give me the strength to forgive offenses and the intelligence to understand Your Gospel of mercy.

The voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

If you really want to love, you must learn how to forgive.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 18, 2017

Sixth Saturday of Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

As they were coming down from the mountain, he charged them not to relate what they had seen to anyone, except when the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what rising from the dead meant. (Mark 9: 9-10)

How shall I live this Word?transfiguration

This week ends with the Transfiguration.  The apostles have experienced Jesus in many ways.  Peter recognized Him as Christ.  The difficulty was thinking of this Christ not only as a man sent by God, but as the Son of God come to accomplish the very revelation of God and save humanity.  On Mount Tabor, the three preferred apostles see Jesus between Moses and Elijah; they hear the voice of God that confirms that He is the well-beloved Son.

It is a mystical experience, one of transcendence they did not expect.  It was a possibility reserved for them alone to touch the divinity of Jesus.  It is a key of interpretation that will help us to penetrate the mystery of the resurrection.  What they will not see at the resurrection, they have here in anticipation, in the transfiguration.  It is to access the mystery and make it a proclamation.

Lord, we believe also by relying on the experience and faith of Peter, James, and John.  Help us to contemplate the account of the transfiguration so that its beauty can transform our existence, or rather, orient our vision to recognize Your existence, Your life.

The voice of a Philosopher

Love?  It means offering one’s life for another, all, up to the flesh of one’s soul, and to the flesh of the days that do not count, outside the transfiguration bring yourself to the Other.

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 17, 2017

Sixth Friday of Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. (Mark 8: 34)

How shall I live this Word?imagesCAKZ3W95

It is a collective invitation to the sequela.  Jesus often calls individual persons.  Here, He gives a collective invitation and He gives the method and the motivations.  He places the sequela as a choice, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

A vocation is not a burden, an obligation to accept passively.  It is a choice that expresses a will.  It requires a method, actions to accomplish immediately and continually: renounce yourself, take the cross, and follow Him.  In other words, stop being at the center, become responsible, take care of those and what is around you, and imitate Jesus.  This sequela overturns all human criteria of how to structure life; to hold it, be attached to it means distancing yourself from Jesus.  Renouncing it, putting the satisfactions it can bring in second place means getting closer to Jesus.

Lord, I give You my presumption, my egocentricity.  Help me to authentically choose to follow You with love.

The voice of a Martyr

God is close to what is little; He loves what is broken.  When people say, ‘lost’, He says, ‘found’.  When people say ‘condemned’, He says, ‘saved’.  When they say ‘abject’, God says: ‘blessed!’

 

 

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