Posted by: livingscripture | October 23, 2016

Meditation for 10-23-16

Morning Offering

OCTOBER 23, 2016

“Is it not a wonderful thing, that he that is the Lord and author of all liberty, would thus be bound with ropes and nailed hand and foot unto the Cross?”
— St. John Fisher


“We frequently need other people’s help to figure out what God wants of us. It is relatively easy to sort out what is bad from what is good, but it is much more difficult to sort out what is good from what is better and what is bad from what is worse. The Holy Spirit gives us the counsel we need through external and internal signs of grace.”
— Rev. Jude Winkler,
Posted by: livingscripture | October 23, 2016

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

He shows no partiality to the weak but hears the grievance of the oppressed.  He does not forsake the cry of the orphan, nor the widow when she pours out her complaint. Do not the tears that stream down her cheek cry out against the one that causes them to fall?  Those who serve God to please him are accepted, their petition reaches the clouds. The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal; nor will it withdraw till the Most High respond

(Sirach 35: 16-21)

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We find expressions from the Book of Sirach almost daily on the lips of Pope Francis, especially in this Year of Mercy.  We hear it repeated continually that our God is a Father who manifests His presence to the little ones, the abandoned, the rejected of society, the abused.  The orphan and widow of those times are now the immigrants, the earthquake victims, the violated, and the abandoned of today.

We too at times feel alone, without words, unjustly criticized.  We strongly feel our limitations; we seem to have empty and useless hands.  We are tempted to lose hope.  Instead, we must believe that there is always a Father who helps us, who knows us intimately, who does not demand great things of us, but only abandonment to His love.

Today, I will express my trust with the Words of the Apostle Paul:  I know in Whom I have believed, in Whom I have placed my trust.

 The voice of Simeon the New Theologian

 Do not delay, O merciful one, do take Your eyes from me, You who knows how to be compassionate, do not forget the one who desires You with all his thirst and all his soul.  Do not deprive me of life, however unworthy I am, do not abandon me.  I take refuge on Your heart; I entrust myself to Your mercy.




Posted by: livingscripture | October 22, 2016

29th Saturday of Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

 By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!

(Luke 13: 3)


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For His teaching Jesus takes two tragic incidents that had recently occurred in Jerusalem: the death of 18 people due to the collapse of a tower in Siloam and the murder of Galileans ordered by Pilate while they were offering sacrifice to God.

Those who referred to these deaths wanted to know if they were being punished by God for their sins.  They attributed these deaths to God’s punitive justice.  Jesus wants to eliminate this idea.  He implicitly has them understand that the death of the 18 was due to the poor workmanship of the builders and the violent death of the Galileans was due to Pilate’s power.

Today, as we see so much death and violence, let us not put the blame on God, but let us look for the causes in the people who inflict oppression and violence on the weakest and pray that these people stop committing abuse toward others and respect nature as well, considering it a living organism.

O Lord, keep me attentive to people in difficulty and grant that I may involve myself with coherence in the service of the Gospel, imitating Your love toward all creatures. 

The voice of Eckhart Tolle, Contemporary Author 

Suffering is not inflicted by God but by human beings on themselves and on others, and in a certain sense, the Earth takes defensive measures, as a living and intelligent organism, to protect itself from the assault of human folly.  Through the way of suffering, we can arrive at illumination.




Posted by: livingscripture | October 21, 2016

29th Friday in Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? (Luke 12: 56)

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Jesus scolds His contemporaries because, even though they can read the material signs of the earth in order to make provisions for the changes of weather, they do not know how to value the Messianic times: the Kingdom of God and the Gospel, the Good News, that are present in their midst.

We must be active in regard to these signs, to know God’s will, actuate His message through the Christ who gave to human beings a Kingdom of mercy, of reconciliation, of peace.

The unwillingness to understand the evangelical proclamation and not actuate the Kingdom of God puts before us our responsibility, makes us live like hypocrites, and alienates us from human problems.  Our intelligence was given to us to understand the signs that come from God, from our neighbor, from the circumstances of life.

O Lord, help me so that opportunism and indifference do not strike my heart and stop me from receiving Your Kingdom.

 The voice of Pope Francis

 Jesus asks us to think freely, to think in order to understand what is happening.  However, the fundamental truth is that we cannot do this alone!  We need the Lord’s help.  Only then can we understand the signs of the times.  The Holy Spirit gives us this gift: the intelligence to understand and not need others to tell us what is happening.



Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice, Via dell’Ateno Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy

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Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB


Posted by: livingscripture | October 20, 2016

Meditation for 10-20-16

Morning Offering

OCTOBER 20, 2016

“O my God, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve to be served, to give without counting the cost, to fight without fear of being wounded, to work without seeking rest, and to spend myself without expecting any reward, but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will. Amen.”
— St. Ignatius of Loyola


“Whoever confesses his sins . . . is already working with God. God indicts your sins; if you also indict them, you are joined with God. Man and sinner are, so to speak, two realities: when you hear ‘man’ – this is what God has made; when you hear ‘sinner’ – this is what man himself has made. Destroy what you have made, so that God may save what he has made. . . . When you begin to abhor what you have made, it is then that your good works are beginning, since you are accusing yourself of your evil works. The beginning of good works is the confession of evil works. You do the truth and come to the light.”
— (CCC, 1458)
Posted by: livingscripture | October 20, 2016

29th Thursday in Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

 I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! (Luke 12: 49)

  How should we live this Word    holyspirit[1]

The fire Jesus came to bring on the earth is not that of war and violence, but reveals the power of choosing, of not giving in to compromises.   In a decisive way, He describes the will to light this spiritual fire; to not give in to laziness and superficiality.  It regards respecting to the full the image of God that is present in every human being, without fear and weak accommodations.

Jesus exhorts us to have no fear of presenting Christian ideas, facing even derision and attacks on the part of those who are against the Gospel and do not respect human dignity.  Christian life does not consist in quietly sitting in the shade of our strength and of our human certainties, but often requires a choice that goes against the current, opposing laxity.

The fire that Jesus brings is a fire that warms and illumines, but at the same time, it is a fire that burns the debris of our  egoism and sin.

O Lord, invade me with the fire of Your Spirit who dwells in me so that I may find strength and light to work in the world with the courage of faith and of charity.

 The voice of Pope Francis

 It would do us well if today we would take five minutes to ask ourselves: “How is my heart doing?  Is it cold?  Is it tepid?  Is it able to receive this fire?  Let us take five minutes for this.  It will do us all well.  (Angelus of august 14, 2016).




Posted by: livingscripture | October 19, 2016

Meditation for Wednesday 10-19-16

Morning Offering

OCTOBER 19, 2016

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness.”
— St. Gianna Molla


“Above all, it is necessary to ask of God every morning the gift of perseverance, and to beg of the Blessed Virgin to obtain it for you, and particularly in the time of temptation, by invoking the name of Jesus and Mary as long as the temptation lasts. Happy the man who will continue to act in this manner, and shall be found so doing when Jesus Christ shall come to judge him. ‘Blessed is that servant, whom, when his Lord shall come, he shall find so doing’ (Matt. 24:46).”
— St. Alphonsus De Liguori
Posted by: livingscripture | October 19, 2016

29th Wednesday of Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

 Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more. (Luke 12: 48)

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Today, God’s Word calls us to attitudes of expectancy and of activity, following the example of Christ who accomplished the Father’s will by making Himself the servant of everyone.  We are asked to imitate Him in His generosity.

God gives us so much every day: life, beauty of sunrise and sunset, but above all, His love that we must spread around us.  Therefore, we must not be egoists, keeping God’s gifts for ourselves but making them fructify, knowing that if we have been given much, more will be demanded of us.  It is an optimum manifestation of our being Christians and companions on the journey of other human beings.  Sharing and responsibility toward every woman and man, especially those closest to us, must characterize Christian life.

Lord, help us to be grateful for what You have given us and grant that we may serve You in all the people that You have placed near us and those we meet on our journey.

 The voice of Pope Benedict XVI

 Responsibility toward our neighbor means loving and doing good to others, desiring that they too be open to the logic of the good; interesting themselves about others means opening their eyes to the needs of their sisters and brothers.




Posted by: livingscripture | October 18, 2016

Meditation for Tuesday 10-18-16

Morning Offering

OCTOBER 18, 2016

“Faith and love are like the blind man’s guides. They will lead you along a path unknown to you, to the place where God is hidden.”
— St. John of the Cross


“Therefore, when God gives spiritual comfort, receive it with thanksgiving, but know that it is the bounty of God, not thy merit. Be not puffed up, be not overjoyed, nor vainly presume, but rather be the more humble for this gift and the more cautious and fearful in all thine actions; for this hour will pass away and temptation will follow. When comfort shall be taken away from thee, do not presently despair; but wait with humility and patience for the heavenly visit, for God is able to restore thee a greater consolation. This is no new thing, nor strange to those who have experienced the ways of God: for the great saints and ancient prophets have often felt this kind of variety.”
— Thomas à Kempis
Posted by: livingscripture | October 18, 2016

29th Tuesday of Ordinary time


From the Word of the Day

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.   (Luke 10: 2)

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Today we celebrate the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, the evangelist of the goodness of Jesus Christ and of Our Lady.  He revealed to us the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Birth of Jesus, and the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.  He is also the Evangelist of God’s mercy and presents to us the parable of the Good Samaritan, the words of Jesus to the poor, His compassion for the widow of Naim, His acceptance and His pardon for the sinner in Simon’s home, the acceptance of Zacchaeus who changes his heart of a publican.  In the Acts of the Apostles, Luke summarizes the life of the first Christians: “they had one heart and one soul”.  He reports the sending of the seventy-two disciples to evangelize the world.

Luke’s work invites us o be true disciples of Christ, carrying our cross each day, and fructifying the gifts of the Spirit: peace, joy, benevolence.

Help us Lord, to receive the message You have given Christians through Luke, the Evangelist, and grant that we may live in peace and unity.

 The voice of the Liturgy

Lord, our God, who chose St. Luke to reveal to the world through his preaching and writings, the mystery of Your predilection for the poor, grant that Christians form on heart and one soul, that all people may see Your salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ…




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