Posted by: livingscripture | May 26, 2016

Eighth Thursday in Ordinary Time



From the Word of the Day

Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
 (Psalm 100: 2)


 How should we live this Word   image078- worship

Worship, be glad seem actions a bit outside the lines, certainly not usual everyday behaviors.  And yet, it is these extraordinary actions that allow us to give meaning to daily life and even find some sense in it!  Worshiping, being glad for what we are living renders habit extraordinary and transforms us:  the sun that rises, the summer that is coming, the tiredness that disappears, a child learning to speak and laugh because you have understood it, the person who loves  and gives you the strength to see problems from another point of view.  Behind everything is God, the eternal Creator, Savior, and Consoler.  You see Him bent over history, over humanity, with the apron of one who serves like at the Last Supper, washing the feet of His friends.  Among them, you are there as well.   Then you have only one desire; to put on an apron as well and serve in joy!

Lord, may our life be like Yours, an eternal service, eternal gratitude, eternal joy! 

The Voice of Andre Chouraqui, Writer and Philosopher 

The Psalms knew how to speak all languages, to all people, every day, to inspire their highest aspirations, their most fecund audacities.  For two thousand millennia, the convents and the ghettos mysteriously meet in this loving vigil to sing the Psalms, here in Latin, there in Hebrew; the hymns of the shepherds of Israel.


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Posted by: livingscripture | May 25, 2016

Eighth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he has blessed your children.

 (Psalm 147: 1-2)


 How should we live this Wordimage047- creation 

Today’s Psalm is part of a small collection that closes the entire Book of Psalms.  They are all hymns, united by the common denominator ‘celebration’!  It is a choral expression of glorification of God’s work and of God Himself; a liturgy that exalts His action in history.  It is precisely from His activity that we can say something of God.  He is the one who cares for, protects, strengthens, blesses, brings peace, satisfies, sends, proclaims, and chooses.

We, His children, can sing this active presence of our God.  We sing it in every situation, never forgetting Him even when He does not seem present.  These hymns illumine the radiant and exultant times, but also those dark times of history, those of Israel and also those of all of us, and they become the memorial to God’s fidelity.  Let us pray to Him who still today prolongs His actions and let us acknowledge Him and thank Him for permitting us to transmit this same experience and faith to the new generations.

Lord, bless Your people!  Give us peace; the peace that is the sign of Your presence, at times very hidden and imperceptible, but always efficacious. 

The Voice of Andre Chouraqui, Writer and Philosopher 

Yes, the world has recognized it.  It narrates the history of everyone; it has become everyone’s book, tireless and penetrating ambassador of God’s Word for the peoples of the earth.  Even there, it has insinuated itself everywhere: in all Baptisms, in all matrimonies, in all burials, in all the Churches.  All festivity and all grief belong to it in almost all the nations.


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Posted by: livingscripture | May 24, 2016



From the Word of the Day

He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
 (Psalm 98: 3) 

 How should we live this Word mj

 Psalm 98 belongs to the fourth book internal to the Book of Psalms.  It is part of a family of about 15 Psalms that are like an intuition that it is possible to begin to experience the power of God’s glorious reign.  The justice of God is not only manifested, but it succeeds to make itself count.  The people, who awaited a Messiah and are a bit disappointed, receive clear signs that God has not forgotten them; He is always faithful to His promise.  This Psalm is also used on December 8th, the day on which we celebrate Mary Immaculate, the woman who represents the house of Israel to which the faithful God had promised the Messiah.  God’s love transforms Mary into the home of the Messiah.  The expectation is transformed into action and the promise involves the waiting in order to be accomplished.

Today is also a Marian feast.  We celebrate Mary, the Help of all humanity throughout history. St. Luke weaves some verses of this Psalm into the song of the Magnificat and places them on the lips of Mary as she greets her cousin Elizabeth.  “He has come to the help of His servant Israel, remembering His mercy, as He promised our fathers, Abraham, and his descendants forever”.

Lord, You gave us Mary as witness and faithful disciple of Your Word.  May She help us to always trust Your love and Your fidelity. 

The Voice of Andre Chouraqui, Writer and Philosopher

They had brought this book with them in their exiles, in their flesh, in their blood and lived each verse.  It was written: they lived it as they read it, and it was as necessary to live it as to read it.  It was their drama and their hope.  They assumed it in the very moment in which they crucified Him, because they deemed it the key of their mystery and they were attached to it like darkness to light; like voice to song.  It sang the promise that would  be accomplished.



Posted by: livingscripture | May 23, 2016

Eighth Monday in Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

Praise you the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  The works of the Lord are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.   His work is honorable and glorious: and his righteousness endures forever.   He has made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.  He has given meat to those who fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.   (Psalm 110: 1-5)


 How should we live this Word sunrise  

This week, we will give attention to the psalms.  In the daily Liturgy of the Word, they are a response of song and prayer to the reading and introduce us to the Gospel.  It is an ancient word that introduces us to the new Good News.  There are 150 Psalms that are a book and not a simple anthology.  As they follow each other, they build a mini internal library that leads us to different experiences of God.  They are the words that have been prayed for thousands of years by human beings that help us penetrate God’s mystery, which they daily re-propose to us.

Psalm 110 belongs to the fifth and last book in which there rises up from the heart of the people a song of gratitude and of praise for God’s fidelity.  God is faithful to His covenant, which He never forgets even if we forget.  His fidelity sustains us in our becoming and truly gives strength when we no longer have any.  His fidelity also becomes sharing of a heritage and to healing He adds responsibility.  God is Father and Mother.  His covenant is the image of the covenant that generates life in our generations.

Lord, grace is born on our lips as the word that recognizes Your mercy.  We do not thank You out of habit, but to responsibly render to You the awareness we have of Your presence and of Your action to which we unite our own, in order to prolong salvation in the way You desire for abundant life for everyone. 

The Voice of Andre Chouraqui, Writer and Philosopher 

We are born with this book in our depths.  It is a booklet of 150 poems; 150 steps built between death and life; 150 mirrors of our rebellions and of our fidelity; of our agonies and of our resurrections.  More than a book, it is a living being that speaks to you, suffers, groans, and that dies; that rises and sings on the limits of eternity and takes you, drags you, and the ages of ages from the beginning to the end…



Posted by: livingscripture | May 22, 2016



From the Word of the Day

He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.  All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.  (John 16, 14-15)


 How should we live this Word   trinityicon[1]

In His last discourses between the Last Supper and His arrest, Jesus deals with serious and complex themes with His disciples that bring God’s Revelation to its completion.  It is John who makes this known to us and, in the two verses quoted, He has us listen to Jesus who introduces the three Persons of the Trinity.  Jesus tells them that the Spirit will arrive after Him and will take what is His and will tell them.  In other words, if you do not understand and accept what I am showing you and telling you now, He will make it comprehensible.  The Spirit will introduce them to what is of the Father and will explain the sense and meaning of His words and gestures, but above all, He will allow them to understand the relationship between the Persons:  Jesus, His Father, and the Spirit.

The Spirit is the third Person who succeeds to make us change perspective and lets us recognize how to distinguish the Son from the Father in some way, leading us to say that He too, the Spirit, is a Person.  The Spirit introduces us into intimacy with the Son, and from the Son, He renders the father accessible so we can see a new and complex system of relationships that render it possible for Love, who is God, to transmit Himself and generate Himself.

John introduces us to an experience of God that is personal and communitarian.  From the revelation made to Moses in the burning bush, we now pass to a God-Word who takes a face, who has a name, and above all, who moves, acts, and makes His word efficacious in the world.  From a terrible God from whom we must keep far away, we meet a God who is approachable, who comes to meet us and desires us to know Him and recognize His image in us that in turn, can be recognized by everyone.  From the one God to a God community, a web of relationships that includes everyone, even our humanity, divinizing it and making it in God’s image; the possibility of new spaces to begin to live in communion for those who desire it.

Lord, Your divinity crosses our humanity.  Help us to contemplate this mystery even in faces that are disfigured and seem to have lost every trace of You.

The Voice of Bishop Tonino Bello

Will I be able to explain to my gypsies the mystery of one God in three Persons?  I will not speak of one plus one plus one because that makes three.  I will speak of them one by one and thus, they will always be one.  Thus, in God there is not one Person that we add one to the other.  In God, every Person lives for the other.



Posted by: livingscripture | May 21, 2016

Seventh Saturday of Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.    (Mark 10: 15)


 How should we live this Word   Jesus and children

When the disciples want the children to go away because they are a disturbance, Jesus instead, receives them and shows predilection for them.  Children manifest simplicity of heart and attitudes, and do not have evil or hidden agendas but are full of trust toward parents and adults.

Jesus performs a paternal and maternal gesture in welcoming and caressing them and He scolds the apostles for their rudeness.  Jesus sees in children their vivacity, spontaneity, and above all, their sincerity and He places them as models to which the Kingdom of Heaven belongs.

This welcoming gesture reveals the sensitivity and tenderness of Jesus toward a category of persons who did not enjoy much consideration and were deemed as not human.  Jesus proposes them as models for the disciples, not because He wants them to act with infantile words and attitudes, but because children open with marvel to the mystery of life; they grasp realities that escape adults.  With their attitudes of trust, awe, and openness to novelty, they recall the ‘child’ hidden in the depths of every person which must be nurtured.

Lord, grant me a child-like heart that knows how to marvel at the beauty and immensity of Your love. 

The Voice of St. Francis di Sales 

The Lord is looking at us with love, and looks with even more tender love at those who are weak.



Posted by: livingscripture | May 20, 2016

Seventh Friday of Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.   (Mark 10: 9)

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 In order to entrap Jesus, the Pharisees ask Him if it is licit for a man to repudiate his wife and they remind Him that Moses had given them the possibility of writing a decree of divorce.  Jesus responds that this was given due to their hardness of heart.  At the same time, He declares that it was not this way at the beginning, reminding them of the original plan of God.  “Man and woman become one body” (Cf. Mark 10: 8-9).

God Himself is at the root of every love and the couple, where two people deeply love and respect each other, recalls this divine love in fidelity and intimacy; a love that continually grows, overcomes suffering, and is nourished by the joys of life.   Each day, with imagination and creativity, they must create new expressions of care and tenderness, of reciprocal esteem, to realize a deep communion of bodies and spirits in order to avoid living in ‘separate houses’.

It seems evident today that the family is in crisis.  Various models of family are proposed, that in reality and in their nature are not such. It seems difficult that many of them are able to maintain the unity and indissolubility proper to a Christian family.

For this reason, it is extremely important to entrust one’s family to God, praying for His divine mercy to help maintain the couple’s fidelity and for the spouses to know how to face difficulties and difficult situations; transmit Christian values to their children and members of the community; and be signs of hope for those spouses living difficult situations and even in irregular situations.

Lord, grant that the love of spouses may shine like a spark and echo with Your immense love, thus realizing Your original divine plan for man and woman. 

The Voice of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, holy Mother 

With the help and blessing of God, we will do all that is possible so that our family may have and be a little cenacle where Jesus reigns over all our affections, desires and actions.  My dear Peter, only a few days remain and I am full of emotion to approach the altar to receive the sacrament of Love.  We will become God’s collaborators in creation.



Posted by: livingscripture | May 19, 2016

Seventh Thursday of Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.    (Mark 9: 43)

  How should we live this Word imagesCAAP5NO9

 Scandal is a devastating power in regard to the good.  It presents examples of evil or of indifference before situations that would require our effort.  Thus, it is necessary to be Disciples of Christ, to distance thoughts and attitudes contrary to the Gospel.  Otherwise, we are responsible for all those who imitate our bad example and do not follow the Gospel way.

We must not give in to compromises.  If our work leads to dishonesty, we must absolutely renounce illicit gain and corruption.  If our feet scandalize us in the sense that they bring us to places where we would betray our fidelity to God and our Christian conscience, we must not go.  If our eyes pause on scandalous images or see indecent TV programs or even porn, we must absolutely stop and avoid them, otherwise, we risk falling into evil thoughts and dishonest actions.

The mass media is certainly a magnificent instrument that opens us to science and beauty, but if it is badly used, it can become the occasion of immorality and obscenity.  We must, therefore, educate the eyes of the body and of the soul to value what is beautiful and good and reject what pollutes and goes against the true values of life and of the human person.  We must avoid half measures and weakening accommodations that distance us from God.

Lord, help me to be the salt and the light of the world.  Do not allow my words and actions to be obstacles and occasions of scandal for others, especially the little ones.

The Voice of Pope Paul VI

Your life says search for Christ:  Christ placed above all your thoughts; Christ lived and witnessed to in the world; Christ seen and served in our brethren.  Your life is the imitation of Christ.



Posted by: livingscripture | May 18, 2016

Seventh Wednesday of Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

Whoever is not against us is for us.     (Mark 9: 40)

  How should we live this Word Jesus and disciples

 The Gospel tells of a person who was casting out demons in the name of Jesus and the apostles want to stop him because he does not belong to their group.  Jesus invites them to put no obstacle to this activity, because no one can perform miracles in His name and speak badly of Him at the same time.  Jesus concludes by saying, “Whoever is not against us is for us.”  Notice that He says ‘us’, thus including the apostles with Him.  The apostles seem to think that they have a monopoly on the liberating activity in regard to people.  Instead, Jesus broadens their perspectives of a limited and myopic vision, and opens up new and wider horizons.  Whoever does works of healing and liberation from evil comes from God.  Therefore, there must be not only tolerance, but pleasure, reception, and possibly collaboration.

Lord Jesus, open my heart wide to joy for all the people who do good in the world, showing new roads for collaboration and unity. 

The Voice of Pope John XXIII, the Good Pope

 May we always look for what unites us; never for what divides us.



Posted by: livingscripture | May 17, 2016

Seventh Tuesday in Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.     (Mark 9: 35)

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 The disciples had discussed among themselves who was the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.  With much goodness and mildness, Jesus invites them to be humble, even though they are rendering a service that is considered elevated.  If Christians really want to be such, they must put themselves at the service of everyone in truth and in charity.  Only in this way can they show who is a perfect disciple of Christ, even though they are invested with authority.

Jesus Himself gave us the example.  Although He was God’s Son, He took the last place, accepting even the cross and death.  He teaches us this sublime truth with images, parables, and with examples drawn from everyday life.

In God’s eyes, it is not the power and greatness of the world that are important, but charity and service toward our neighbor, trust in God.  Just like a baby is simple and entrusts itself tranquilly to its parents’ arms, thus Christians must become little so as to entrust themselves completely into God’s hands.

Those who become humble receive God’s grace and can do admirable things.  The saints are the living witness of this reality.

My Lord and my God, my soul rests in seeing you clothed in the form and nature of a slave, lowering yourself to wash the feet of Your apostles.  I remember Your words: “I have given you the example so that you may do as I have done.  The disciple is not greater than the Master…if you understand this, you will be blessed if you put it into practice.”

 The Voice of Emanuela Breda, Contemporary Author

 Humility is a virtue that allows us to recognize our limitations beyond our merits and the merits of others beyond their limitations.




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