Posted by: livingscripture | February 23, 2019

Sixth Saturday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Saturday, February 23, 2019 

WORD of the DAY 

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence  of things not seen. Because of it the ancients were well attested.  By faith we understand that the universe was ordered by the word of God,  so that what is visible came into being through the invisible.

   (Hebrews 11: 1-7)

 

How shall I live this Word?  

This Word infuses strength that clearly illumines the identity of faith.  Yes, we all need to breathe the trust that is the expression of hope.  This text helps us to understand that faith and hope are twin sisters that remain alive and operative, continually nourishing charity.

This brief passage that we have chosen is a beautiful verse of the first reading of today’s Liturgy. It well explains what the real life of a human being can be: a serene journey in the light because faith in a God who loves us and hope that is its direct consequence together give life to what continually renews our being a positive presence in the world in which we live. 

Lord, help us to nourish and deepen more and more our faith so that it may become the breath of hope and thus trust to be able to commit ourselves daily to that which counts – living love. 

THE VOICE OF Soren Kierkegaard, Existentialist Philosopher

From a Christian point of view, love is the act of love.  The love of Christ was not only an interior fact but an act of love in which His whole life was summed up.

 

 

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | February 22, 2019

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Friday, February 22, 2019

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter 

WORD of the DAY 

The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I lack.

 In green pastures he makes me lie down;

to still waters he leads me;

 he restores my soul. He guides me along right paths

for the sake of his name.

   (Psalm 23)

 

How shall I live this Word?  

This is one of the most known of the Book of Psalms.  It is familiar and it helps us to let ourselves be guided on paths where justice, truth, love, and beauty are lived with the Lord.  They illumine  us and always open rays of hope in whatever physical, psychological, or spiritual condition we find ourselves.

 Lord, help me to memorize at least some verses of the psalm and let me be guided by You who speak in the Bible, in the voice of the Pope who now sits on the chair of Peter.  Speak to my conscience as well and encourage me to receive Your love and live it toward my sisters and brothers.

 THE VOICE OF Pope Francis

We can walk as much as we want; we can build many things, but if we do not profess Jesus Christ, nothing is worthy.  We will become an NGO of assistance, but not the Church, the Spouse of the Lord.

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 21, 2019

Sixth Thursday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Thursday, February 21, 2019 

WORD of the DAY 

Heeding the plea of the lowly,

not scorning their prayer.

Let this be written for the next generation,

for a people not yet born,

that they may praise the Lord.

   (Psalm 102)

 

How shall I live this Word?  

 

These verses of the Responsorial Psalm of today’s Liturgy are a powerful help for our faith, called to become trust in God.  clearly, the renewal of our heart in openness to hope is the promise of the continual renewal of praise to God for each day and for the generations that shall come.

 Lord, even here You make my heart new as I remember these Your Words of continuous encouragement every day.

 

THE VOICE OF an Anonymous voice

“For those who live like true Christians, the Word of God, prayed and lived every day, illuminates what we are and we are fulfilling in a continuous act of love that makes the heart and life new.”

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 20, 2019

Sixth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

WORD of the DAY

When they arrived at Bethsaida, they brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. Putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on him and asked, “Do you see anything?” Looking up he replied, “I see people looking like trees and walking.” Then he laid hands on his eyes a second time and he saw clearly; his sight was restored and he could see everything distinctly. Then he sent him home and said, “Do not even go into the village. (Mark 8: 22-26)

How shall I live this Word?

At Bethsaida, Peter’s village, Jesus sees people coming towards Him holding a blind man by the hand and bringing him to Jesus, certainly worried by the shouts of the man who wanted to meet the Teacher . Jesus takes him by the hand entering into personal contact with him and leads him outside of that noisy crowded place full of shouts and curiosity.
Here is the Lord, face to face with the poor blind man alone. He works the miracle of opening his eyes that had been condemned to darkness. What did the blind man feel? We can easily imagine it. He now possesses life, all of life with its beautiful panoramas that he can now respond to.
Jesus only asks him to go, healed. He repeats the gesture of placing His hands on his eyes because at first, he was not seeing clearly. He completes the healing of the blind man who can now contemplate the One standing before him. Jesus asks him to refrain from publicizing the miracle of his healing. Evidently, Jesus loves God’s glory and the good of others, not the noise that can be aroused around Him.

Lord, I ask You for a pure gaze on all that is true, just, and beautiful. Grant me the sensitivity of heart to thank You and enjoy the vision of so much good. Let me draw profit for my spiritual growth and for the good of others.

THE VOICE OF an Anonymous writer of our times

Truly blest is the one with a pure gaze, who faces life positively, highlighting what is good, true, beautiful, and always encouraging those younger to look to what is best in people and the environment.

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 19, 2019

Sixth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

WORD of the DAY 

He enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”  They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread.  When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened?   (Mark 8: 11-13)

 

 

How shall I live this Word?  

Once again Jesus, with the intrepid courage of the truth, scolds the Pharisees who are always entangled in the ‘cobwebs’ for their own profit and of continuous lies.  I think it is important for us to note how Jesus, always so humble, does not hold back the blameworthy Word with that question that intensifies its meaning: “Are your hearts hardened?”.  Here, I think it is important to pass for the scrutiny of this word our feelings, desires, and plans as well.

Lord, the heart hardens when it loses daily contact with the Word of God and when it closes hermetically in the shed of its own egoism without even a sufficient opening for the needs, not only of the people we love, but also of all those who, in Christ, are our brothers and sister.

THE VOICE OF Khalil Gibran, Lebanese Poet

How stupid is he who tries to make up for the hatred in his eyes with the smile on his lips.

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 18, 2019

Sixth Monday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Monday, February 18, 2019 

WORD of the DAY 

The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.  He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”  Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore.    (Mark 8: 11-13)

 

 

How shall I live this Word?  

It is interesting to observe how the Pharisees, the rabid opposers of Jesus, always find a way to place some small or big disagreement on His path.  This time they request a sign that Jesus should directly obtain from Heaven.  Note Jesus’ deep sigh when He says how far this request is from being in harmony with His divine-human person.

Clearly, the Pharisees were very far from understanding that God’s sign for the world was precisely the Mystery of Christ incarnate for the salvation of humanity.  Disappointed at the closure of their minds and hearts, Jesus frees Himself from them and immediately gets into the boat and goes off to the other shore.

Lord, often I too would like a sign from on High.  Forgive me. I know the real sign is You, who became a human being, a missionary on the roads of Palestine, sign of Salvation in Your Passion, Death, and Resurrection.  You are victorious over all the is darkness and suffering.  I give myself entirely to You.

THE VOICE OF an Anonymous writer of the XX Century

There are signs of salvation and signs of perdition.  Sincerity, goodness, humility are signs that produce salvation. Complacency, closure of mind and heart are signs of perdition.

 

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 17, 2019

Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Sunday, February 17, 2019

WORD of the DAY

Alleluia! Alleluia! Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. Alleluia! (Luke 6: 23)

How shall I live this Word?

After the pinnacle of Jesus’ Gospel, that of the Beatitudes, we have here the conclusion of a promise of infinite joy in everlasting life. We know that in proclaiming the Beatitudes, Jesus overturned the mentality, desires, and expectations of humankind. In each of us there is a secret voice that implores: give me love, give me joy. In general, however, life is reluctant to respond positively. Very often people drag with them their delusions and the grayness of their defeats.
No! when Jesus says, “Blessed are the poor; blessed are the meek; blessed are the merciful, etc., He not only overturns situations, but He opens the horizon of hope with a full response to our deepest longings. He not only banishes non-meaning, delusion, but He cancels them forever. There will then be life in all its fullness, infinite love received and given, the enjoyment of our entire being in God’s Light that is the FULLNESS OF BEING, joy that becomes happiness without any shadows.

Lord, in my often grey and tiresome days, revive my interior vision, increase my Faith, my Hope. Yes, what awaits me is such fullness of happiness that it goes way beyond my imagining. I want to begin to sing my thank You. In this way the grayness of these days will gradually change into a sky starlit with hope.

THE VOICE OF Kahlil Gibran, Poet
Nothing can stop the sun from rising again, not even the darkest night. Because beyond the dark curtain of night, there is a sunrise waiting for us.

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 16, 2019

Fifth Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Saturday, February 16, 2019

WORD of the DAY

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat, he summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance. (Mark 8: 1-3)

How shall I live this Word?

These words of Jesus vibrantly express a capacity for understanding, a very human and compassionate feeling. Very far from understanding Jesus were those who sought only to see in Him the manifestations of an affectionate phantasm. No, what the Gospel again reveals to us today regards pregnancy, the authenticity of the Mystery of the Incarnation. Jesus is God and is also fully human.

Jesus, true God, You really became a human being. Your sentiments impregnated with affectionate understanding, sharing, and tenderness shake me out of certain habitual comfort zone. Lord, convert me to solidarity with those who today are migrants, the homeless, all the suffering people on our earth that is not exempted from calamities and miseries of all kinds.

THE VOICE OF Dag Hammarskjold, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

What Jesus said and did speaks efficaciously to those who are free from themselves and live a tranquil maturity in receptive and consenting attention to the Gospel. In our times as well, the way to holiness necessarily passes through action.

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 15, 2019

Fifth Friday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Friday, February 15, 2019

 WORD of the DAY 

Again he left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis.  And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him.  He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”)  And [immediately] the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.    (Mark 7: 31-35)

 How shall I live this Word?  

Jesus does not hesitate to visit places that for centuries had prayed to various gods.  In visiting Tyre and Sidon, he contacted lands whose populations for millennia before Christ had their deities, following them with a heart very far from the Gospel of Jesus.  And yet the Lord of life receives a deaf-mute brought to Him to impose His hands.  As a liberating action, He takes him aside far from the crowd.  Then, in a least desirable way, He works the miracle.  The deaf man hears and from being mute, he becomes very articulate.

That on which today we direct our attention is the absolute freedom with which Jesus moves about, without however, ever passing by an occasion to do good.  In this case, it was to heal (thus free) the deaf-mute man.

Lord, You teach me that the Word is not only proclaimed by announcing it and reading it in private.  It is proclaimed with life.

THE VOICE OF Fr. Tonino Bello, Holy Bishop

The Church evangelizes not only by what it says, but above all, by what it is and does.

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | February 14, 2019

Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Thursday, February 14, 2019

WORD of the DAY

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. (Luke 10: 3-5)

How shall I live this Word?

It is important to understand how liberating this teaching of Jesus is. It frees us from too much concern regarding our material life. It is not that we have to disdain it, but it is a matter of giving priority to what is essential.

Lord, help me to do without too many accessories. I am what I am, ordered to that inner (and external) freedom through which my life can take priority care of the works of my Lord.

THE VOICE OF Abbot Moses, Desert Father
If action does not coincide with prayer, we labor in vain.

 

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