Posted by: livingscripture | December 14, 2017

Second Thursday of Advent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 14, 2017

Second Thursday of Advent

St. John of the Cross

 

WORD of the DAY

Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.           

(Matthew 11: 11)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus could not give greater praise than the one reserved for His precursor:  John the Baptist whom the people justly admired.  And yet, this praise is like the platform for another affirmation that may seem to be, but is not, foolish.

Yes, the littlest one of the Kingdom is greater than the highest ascetic of the Old Testament.  It is like saying:  the hill I see from my window is higher than Mount Everest with its 8882 meters of height (the highest mountain in the world!).  We need to ask ourselves what kind of greatness Jesus sees in the little ones.

I think it is really simplicity of heart and of life.  Those who are simple (or hope to become so with God’s grace), do not lose energy in trying to appear great, they are not aiming at cutting a good figure, at appearances.  They desire only what the Lord wants: a true heart, a mind and will committed to the good.  This coincides with what we are called to do each day.

True greatness, as the Lord teaches me, does not correspond to the data of a ruler’s measure.  Rather, it coincides with a life that is a daily response to Your pressing invitation: Love, because only committed love can accomplish good, conquer what is harmful to human beings of all times: indifference, corruption, evil.

The Voice of Vladimir Solov’ëv, Russian Thinker

Be strong in the faith because it is beautiful for an intelligent person to live with God.  Living without God is really horrible…and pray with feeling at least one or two times a day.

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Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA

 

 

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | December 13, 2017

St. Lucy Virgin and Martyr

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 13, 2017

St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.   (Matthew 11: 28)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus raised a hymn of praise to the Father because He had hidden things regarding the Kingdom of God from the proud who think they are wise while in reality they are foolish, and Jesus revealed to the little ones the marvels of His Kingdom.

Certainly, His road is truth, commitment to goodness and beauty: a life handed over to God, the synthesis and compendium of every true good.  It is not easy to be on His side because keeping a check on evil desires becomes like a yoke, and carrying the burden of loving everyone becomes heavy.   And yet, since the requirement and fulfillment of these things is Love, that yoke is sweet, and that weight is light.

There is a premise, an invitation full of theological hope and tenderness: “Come to me”.  And the guests invited – as it happens – are not the satiated who do not care about those who die of hunger or the “tired” and “oppressed” in a life that is not easy for anyone.

Lord, that ‘Come’, so warm with human-divine love, is addressed to us as well, to me.  Grant that I may accept it with a heart opened in faith, that becomes serenity in days lived in You and with You.

The Voice of Pope Francis, Mass with the Youth, Homily at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Yangon on November 30, 2017

Be ready to bring the glad proclamation to the sisters and brothers who suffer and need your prayers and your solidarity, but also your passion for human rights, for justice, and for the growth of what Jesus gives: love and peace.

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Posted by: livingscripture | December 12, 2017

Love Mary who leads us to Jesus….Holy feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

 

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
— St. Maximilian Kolbe

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Write: I am Thrice Holy, and I detest the smallest sin. I cannot love a soul which is stained with sin; but when it repents, there is no limit to My generosity toward it. My mercy embraces and justifies it. With My mercy, I pursue sinners along all their paths, and My Heart rejoices when they return to Me. I forget the bitterness with which they fed My Heart and rejoice at their return. Tell sinners that no one shall escape My Hand; if they run away from My Merciful Heart, they will fall into My Just Hands. Tell sinners that I am always waiting for them, that I listen intently to the beating of their heart . . . when will it beat for Me?”
— St. Maria Faustina
Posted by: livingscripture | December 12, 2017

OUR LADY of GUADALUPE

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 12, 2017

Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

WORD of the DAY

In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.   (Matthew 18: 14)

How shall I live this Word?

This is the proclamation made by Jesus for our encouragement and comfort, after narrating the parable of the Good Shepherd who, having lost a lamb, momentarily abandons the other ninety-nine sheep on the mountain.  Probably crossing over cliffs and uncomfortable paths, He goes to search for the lost lamb.  The parable clearly alludes to the ‘little ones’ which the Father does want to lose even one of them.

This is so beautiful if I leave aside what I already know and go in depth.  Then I discover that the ‘little ones’ are all of us and in many ways.  Even the great thinkers of every time and culture have negatively judged those who brag about being great and important.  In our era, many scientists, although having made great strides in technological progress, have had to admit that for many things, human fragility is always threatened by sicknesses and calamities of every kind.

Undoubtedly, we are small, Lord, but loved by You.  We are Your children and cannot possibly doubt Your attitude in our regard.

Lord, I am little.  I strongly believe that you are loving me as I am and helping me to become what Your love wants me to be.  Save me from any discouragement.  I entrust my life to You and that of my little sisters and brothers for whom You have given Your Son for our redemption and salvation.

The Voice of Edith Stein: Philosopher, Saint, Martyr

Where Jesus wants to lead us on earth is something we do not know, and regarding which, we should not ask questions before time.  We know only one thing, and it is that for those who love the Lord, all redounds to their good.  (the Mystery of Christmas, Queriniana)

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | December 11, 2017

MONDAY SPIRITUAL MEDS

 

 

 

“He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes.”
— St. Ignatius of Loyola

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“Little by little, we can make our daily life more and more prayerful, as we are able, over time, to incorporate those suggestions that work with our schedule and that we are ready for spiritually. There is a particular spiritual practice that Francis [de Sales] highly recommends that is possible for all of us: even on those ‘impossible’ days when we are perhaps unable to undertake our normal spiritual practices, we can stay rooted in prayer by constantly addressing brief prayers to the Lord. These can be acts of love, of adoration, of faith, of hope, of petition, or simply saying the name of Jesus—throughout the course of the day. Francis places a very high value on these simple utterances, traditionally called ejaculatory prayers or aspirations.”
— Ralph Martin
Posted by: livingscripture | December 11, 2017

Second Monday of Advent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 11, 2017

Second Monday of Advent

 

WORD of the DAY

 When he saw their faith, he said, “As for you, your sins are forgiven”.

 (Luke 5: 20)

How shall I live this Word?

The miracle Jesus works for a paralytic is very interesting in its details.  The Lord is in a house after He had been followed perhaps for entire hours by a crowd that hung on His words.  There is such a crowd of people that the bearers of the paralyzed man devise a plan.  It is a lot of work to remove some of the tiles and then, decisive and ardent, they lower the cot of a sick man before Jesus.

Jesus cures the paralytic, but what is important is to see the Lord’s attention, warm and vibrant, for the men who had thought up the courageous deed.  It is their faith that urges the Lord to restore full integrity of health to the paralyzed man.

I think it is important to grasp the importance of faith, not only as a personal commitment, but as a bright community reality.  How beautiful is a believing people whose faith in God makes them strong and capable of solid union, more than those who have only their small personal interests at heart.

Lord, make me attentive and in solidarity with others in living my faith so that the world will believe that we are a strong reality in You!

The Voice of Gabriella Caramore, Communications Expert

God manifests Himself in mercy and in justice: in a justice that becomes true in mercy and in a mercy that follows justice in order to be thus.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | December 10, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 10, 2017

Second Sunday of Advent

 

WORD of the DAY

 A voice of one crying out in the desert:

‘Prepare the way of the Lord,

make straight his paths’.

 (Mark 1: 3)

How shall I live this Word?

The voice is that of John the Baptist, the one who prepares the way of the Lord Jesus.  He lived in a desert area in the region that included Jericho and where the Jordan flowed into the Dead Sea.  He spent his time in prayer and penance.  The people esteemed him and accepted his teachings.  The invitation to ‘prepare the way of the Lord’ was, in fact, one thing alone with the other that explained its meaning.  Yes, making straight the way means conversion, changing one’s life.  This is no longer accomplished by recourse to idols, but by living each day in harmony with one’s conscience, aimed at practicing the Lord’s teachings.

The verb ‘straighten’, forcefully expresses the need to leave every moral distortion so as to run, joyfully and agilely, on the ways of truth that are substantially one thing alone with the commitment to love.

Lord, help me to get out of my interior distortions.  Help me ‘practice justice, love goodness, and walk humbly with You.

The Voice of the Prophet Micah

You have been told, O mortal, what is good,

and what the LORD requires of you:

Only to do justice and to love goodness,

and to walk humbly with your God.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | December 9, 2017

Saturday Inspirations

 

 

 

“May the Holy Spirit enkindle you with the fire of His Love so that you may persevere, unfailingly, in the love of His service. Thus you may merit to become, at last, a living stone in the celestial Jerusalem.”
— St. Hildegard von Bingen

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“The man who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks in different languages. These different languages are different ways of witnessing to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience, and obedience; we speak in those languages when we reveal in ourselves these virtues to others. Actions speak louder than words . . . it is useless for a man to flaunt his knowledge of the law if he undermines its teaching by his actions. But the apostles spoke as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech. Happy the man whose words issue from the Holy Spirit and not from himself! … We should speak, then, as the Holy Spirit give us the gift of speech. Our humble and sincere request to the Spirit for ourselves should be that we may bring the day of Pentecost to fulfillment, insofar as he infuses us with his grace, by using our bodily senses in a perfect manner and by keeping the commandments. “
— St. Anthony of Padua
Posted by: livingscripture | December 9, 2017

FIRST SATURDAY OF ADVENT

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 9, 2017

First Saturday of Advent

 

WORD of the DAY

 At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. 

 (Matthew 9: 36)

How shall I live this Word?

The Gospel evokes two meaningful images of the pastoral/agricultural culture of Jesus’ time.  The shepherd must take care of his flock and the farmer must attend to his field.  At the sight of the crowds, Jesus feels compassion because they are like sheep without a shepherd and like private fields under the care of the owner.

This is similar to His experience at the start of His apostolic mission upon the earth.  His compassion is that of God the Father who sent Him to earth to save humanity.  In order to accomplish His mission over the course of centuries, Jesus invites us to ask the master of the harvest to send workers who will carry out this work.  Thus, it is the responsibility of every Christian to invoke God so that He may open the heart and mind of many people to be ready to proclaim the evangelical message, in various ways and with different possibilities, and in all situations, and above all, witness to it with their life.

O Lord, make me attentive and involved in spreading Your message of charity in the world.

The Voice of Pope Francis – Message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, November 27, 2016

Thus, the missionary commitment is not something that is added on to Christian life, like an ornament, but on the contrary, it is placed in the heart of the faith itself:  relationship with the Lord implies being sent into the world as prophets of His Word and witnesses of His Love.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | December 8, 2017

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of MARY

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 8, 2017

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.   (Luke 1: 38)

How shall I live this Word?

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the One who was to be the Mother of the Savior and thus could not, even for an instant, be prey to the sin that was at the origin of our first parents’ fall.  She must be pure and holy from the first instant of her coming into the world.   Mary lets herself become involved in the plan of God.  She considered herself the ‘servant’ of the Lord and fully accepts His will.  To God who asks for the cooperation of a human creature to fulfill His plan of salvation, Mary responds promptly and generously.  She will be the first one ‘saved’, so much so that not even original sin will touch her.

Perfectly immaculate, she will be the first ‘flower’ that as a human creature, will be raised from earth to heaven.  She will be the ideal of every person who responds perfectly to the plan of God: “to be holy and pure in His sight” (cf. Ephesians 1: 4).  She who was greeted and is effectively ‘full of grace’, full of divine gifts, is presented to us as the model of Christian life, as the pilgrim of faith (cf. Lumen Gentium 58), as the human being who always responded ‘yes’ to God.

O Mary, help us to imitate your generous acceptance of God’s will.

The Voice of Msgr. Tonino Bello, Bishop, on the way to beatification

O beautiful Woman, Mary, through You we want to thank the Lord for the Mystery of your beauty.  He has disseminated it here and there on the earth, so that along the road, we will keep our pilgrim heart alert with insuppressible nostalgia for Heaven.  Holy Mary, beautiful woman, beautiful like the full moon of Spring, make us understand that beauty will save the world.

 

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