Posted by: livingscripture | June 10, 2016

Tenth Friday in Ordinary Time



From the Word of the Day

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’   But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.     (Matthew 5: 27-28)

   How should we live this Word 111207_lead_tbg[1]

 Today, Jesus again returns to the precepts of the Law in order to interiorize them.  He scrutinizes the heart and invites us to go into our depths to discover the roots of our desires.  He well knows that gestures and actions come from our thoughts, from our feelings.  Thus, it is necessary to prevent impure actions that do not take into account the life of another.  We must reject the lustful glance that can lead us to take possession in an egotistical way and even violently at times, of something or someone that does not belong to us.  This does not mean negating our desires.  Instead it means seeking and wanting the joy of love as Pope Francis says at the conclusion of his last document at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, Amoris Laetitia.

In a time of adoring silence, I will ask the Lord for purity of heart that will allow me to see His face.

 The Voice of Pope Francis

 The prolongation of life makes us understand something that was not common in earlier times: that intimate relationships and reciprocal belonging must be kept for four, five, or six decades and this brings the necessity of returning often to choose each other.  Certainly, we cannot think to have the same feelings for our whole life.  But, certainly, we can have a common stable plan, committing ourselves to love each other and to live together until death separates us, and to live an ever richer intimacy (Amoris Laetitia 163).



Posted by: livingscripture | June 9, 2016

Tenth Thursday in Ordinary Time



From the Word of the Day

You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’    But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.  Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.   Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.      (Matthew 5: 21-24)

 How should we live this Word   l'abbraccio del Padre

As in the past days, Jesus is in line with the perfection of the law.  He has recourse to the Decalogue, concretizing in an authoritative way His teaching as the foundation of Christian life, good relationships, and respect for others.  It is no longer possible to approach the altar, to participate in the Liturgy without removing from your heart dissension with your brother or sister.  We cannot live or get on with our very adversary unless we find a road to reconciliation.  Walls must be transformed into bridges.  The Law of Love flowed from the Cross; the very Passion of Christ appeals for forgiveness.

Today, I will slowly and profoundly pray the Our Father, the divine prayer that gives us the joy of being children of a merciful God.

 The Voice of the Liturgy

 Lord, without Your grace we are not able to reconcile with others, with our enemies.  Forgive our egoism and give us the courage to love so that we may present our offering with complete sincerity in this Liturgy, as we await singing Your praises in the eternal Liturgy.




Posted by: livingscripture | June 8, 2016

Tenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time



From the Word of the Day

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.               (Matthew 5: 17)


 How should we live this Word   moses

Jesus is not the Lord of ‘rejection’; He does not go against the tradition into which He was born.  The Law is holy.  He will unveil its authentic meaning.  He continues to insist as He did in the Discourse on the Mountain, on the spirituality of daily life.  It is today, in the small daily events, in the times in which we work, meet others, make decisions, and dream that our witness is played out.  It is precisely the small fidelities that can give birth to our happiness today and in the future.  It is by overcoming current social rules, like the justice of the Scribes and Pharisees that we will be allowed to enter into the Kingdom.

In my prayer today I will listen to the radiant suggestion given by Jesus to a sister who asked how to respond more radically to God’s love: “Live the moment and live it in love”. 

The Voice of M. Delbrel

The small circumstances of life are of superior fidelity.  They never leave us for a moment and the ‘yes’ we must say to them comes one after another.




Posted by: livingscripture | June 7, 2016

Tenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time




From the Word of the Day

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.                  (Matthew 5: 13-14) 

 How should we live this Word image078- worship

 “You are the salt of the earth”.  The discourse of the Beatitudes must be concretized in the life of the disciple.  The image of salt well expresses the idea that the Good News must penetrate the world in depth.

“You are the light of the world”.  The Beatitudes must be radiated.  The idea of spreading follows that of penetrating.  It is the request to the disciples to be witnesses with their life.

Today, I will ask Jesus to help me to give flavor to my days by living mercy and giving light to those who are confused, in darkness, searching for truth and peace.

 The Voice of Cabra, a Religious

 We must unify our life around a very precise point to elaborate a spirituality that organizes multiplicity and reduces it to unity.




Posted by: livingscripture | June 6, 2016

Tenth Monday in Ordinary Time



From the Word of the Day


Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him.  
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: Blessed…    (Matthew 5: 1)


 How should we live this Word sermon_on_the_mount_hat[1]

The discourse that Jesus is about to make is inscribed in a Wisdom scenario.  Matthew traces out the details of this event.  It deals with a prelude that recalls another mountain the Word has told us of: Sinai where Moses received the Law.  “He sat down”, even the attitude of the Master is of one who teaches.  The fact that it deals with an important announcement is further emphasized by the solemn introductory formula, “He opened His mouth”.  Then, for nine times the Lord pronounces the word ‘blessed’.  It is a paradoxical discourse that is at the heart of the Gospel.  They are words that contrast with current social rules and with the common meaning of life, but that promise the Kingdom of Heaven to those who practice them.

Today, I will ask Jesus to help me understand the heart of the Good News He came to bring.

The Voice of Cl. Geffre, Theologian

You who cry, you who suffer, you who hunger and thirst for something different and new, the Good News of the Gospel is what brings happiness and it is already at your door if you understand that the actual gift of God’s love is greater than your suffering and your dissatisfaction.



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Posted by: livingscripture | June 5, 2016

Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time



From the Word of the Day

Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him.  As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her.  When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”  (Luke 7: 11-13)


 How should we live this Word Widow's son

Our God is a God of encounter.  As He is walking along the road, He always meets or nears someone.  This time, it is a funeral procession.  They are bringing a young man for burial, the only son of his widowed mother.  Jesus gazes on the face of the mother and, having seen her, He is moved with compassion toward her.  The told her, “Don’t cry”.  His attitude of compassion is followed by a gesture of mercy.  He touches the bier and, behold, the miracle.  The young man rises to a sitting position and begins to speak.  Jesus gives him back to his mother.

Other episodes of the Gospel obey His serious and concrete direction.  The Teacher is aware of suffering, of discomfort, of death.  He immediately seeks to console.  He sees the sisters of Lazarus, the centurion, Mary Magdalene, and others.  He does not stop at mere words; He acts, heals, raises.  He shows mercy.

Jesus, grant that I may be near others and go beyond mere words and reaches hearts with gestures of goodness.

 The Voice of M. Delbrel, her prayer on a Paris Metro

 Lord, this child is almost gray, she is so pale: here are my eyes so you can look at her.  This man is so tired: here is my body so you can give him my place; and my voice so you can tell him sweetly, ‘Sit down’.  This child who is so fatuous, so silly, so hard: take my heart to love him more strongly than he has ever been loved.



Posted by: livingscripture | June 4, 2016




From the Word of the Day

When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”   “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”   But they did not understand what he was saying to them.  Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.                             (Luke 2: 48-51)


 How should we live this Word Mary Immaculate

 Yesterday we paused on the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Today’s Liturgy leads us to discover another heart, that of Mary.  Luke is the most attentive in describing the Mother of the Savior and today he presents us with the Gospel of finding Jesus in the Temple.  We see Mary learning to follow her Son as a believing disciple more than as a mother.  She learns to seek Jesus, not in the flesh among relatives and friends, but in the Spirit where He is truly to be found, with the Father.  Jesus’ response is both difficult and sublime.  In Mary, Nazareth is a fundamental time of intense faith and also a time of silence and discernment in the Spirit.  Mary grows in faith and in memory and thus becomes the prototype of the Church that believes and grows in the Spirit.

The most beautiful praise we give is Mary’s educative capacity to help Jesus to grow as a man in a family, which is the home and school of life, of love, of humanization.  He, in turn, as a sublime educator and pedagogue, teaches Mary the absolute primacy of God over every human attempt to interfere in His plans. In her reflections, Mary’s faith becomes robust.  “Mary treasured all these things in her heart”.  Luke is the only evangelist who makes us enter softly into the most intimate secret of Mary’s heart.

O God, who prepared a worthy dwelling of the Holy Spirit in the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, through her intercession grant that I too may be a living temple of Your glory. 

The Voice of Nicola Cabasilas, Archbishop of Salonicco, Eastern Church

 If anyone could see the Church of Christ as it really is united with Christ and participate in its flesh, they would see it as the body of the Lord alone.  But if they would look at the most pure and blessed Virgin Mary, they would see as the heart of Christ.  She is the center of earthly life; the point of encounter between heaven and earth, the privileged one, the heavenly Queen, and even more, the earth’s queen.



Posted by: livingscripture | June 3, 2016



From the Word of the Day

So to them he addressed this parable.  “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?  And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.      (Luke 15: 3-7))


 How should we live this Word   Shephrd1[1]

Today, as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the feast of the Love of Jesus, the Gospel offers us one of the most beautiful parables in Luke’s Gospel.  It is that of the Lost Sheep.  This parable and the other two of this chapter are considered the parables of God’s mercy.  They could also be called with even more reason, the parables of the God’s joy. The shepherd, who is God, having found the lost sheep, is filled with joy and carries it on His shoulders, goes home, and calls His friends and neighbors telling them to rejoice with Him because He has found His lost sheep.  The last line of the passage says that there will be more joy in Heaven for one sinner who converts than for the ninety-nine who have no need of conversion.

Joy expresses more than mercy.  To be the motive for someone’s joy is not simply being the object of mercy.  God’s true mercy cannot leave out joy.  The shepherd is so interested in his lost sheep, that he leaves the other ninety-nine to go to look for it and his joy is great when he finds it.

Andre Louf, monk of our times who died a few years ago, described the deep love and joy of the Heart of Jesus for each of us: “this is how God truly loves us.  He does not crush us with a love that is self-sufficient, omnipotent, and triumphant.  He begs for our love.  We are not alone in depending on His love.  He too, so to say, desires our love.  We are not alone in sinking roots in His heart.  He too wants to have His roots in ours.  In fact, He wants us to become His torment and His joy.”

Come, Lord Jesus…Come to me, seek me, find me, take me in Your arms and carry me.

The Voice of Jeremiah, Prophet 

Is not Ephraim my beloved son, my preferred child?  Every time I threaten him, I remember him with affection.  This is why my heart is moved for him and I feel deep tenderness for him. (31”20)



Posted by: livingscripture | June 2, 2016

Ninth Thursday in Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”  Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12: 28-31)

   How should we live this Word jcheart

 Here is one of the Bible pages that is most important and known, yet subject to the risk of misinterpretation.  It is a great joy to listen to today’s Gospel that proclaims the first commandment of all: LOVE.  Jesus is responding to the Scribe’s question and cites the most recurring text in the spirituality of Israel.  It is a passage from Deuteronomy, the celebrated shema’ Israel: “Listen Israel!  You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  And the second is a passage from Leviticus, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”.  From the labyrinth of precepts, Jesus chooses only these two that clearly express the essence of God’s will in all its simplicity; love God and others.

The Mosaic Law had then preoccupied itself with various and multiple life cases, formulating a series of prescriptions and losing sight of the center that gives unity and zeal to everything.  For Jesus, the center that unifies is Love.  The Teacher further explains to the Scribe that the commandment is not just one, but two, intimately united, as two faces of the same coin.   One face it turned toward God and the other is turned toward men and women.  These two must never be separated.  The capacity to keep these two loves solidly united is the geniality and novelty of Christ.

The two loves of God and neighbor are so closely connected that one verifies the other.  However, they are also different.  The measure of love of God is its totality.  Jesus repeats the word ‘all’ four times.  Instead, the measure of love of our neighbor is ‘as we love ourselves’.  Thus, to God belongs total and unconditional love.  To others belong help, service, and love as for ourselves but not the adoration we give to God.

The Voice of St. Augustine 

The love of God is the first commandment.  But love of neighbor is first as its practical application.  The One who gives you this commandment of love in these two precepts does not first teach love of neighbor and then love of God but vice versa.  However, since you do not see God yet, by loving your neighbor you acquire the merit to see Him; by loving your neighbor you purify your eyes to be able to see God.



Posted by: livingscripture | June 1, 2016

Ninth Wednesday in Ordinary Time



From the Word of the Day

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.    (2 Timothy 1: 6-9)


 How should we live this Word st-paul

Today’s first reading presents us with a passage from the second Letter of Paul to Timothy.  The first verses of this letter are full of the affection of the Apostle for his disciple.  Paul is trying to encourage Timothy who had a temperament that was a bit timid and therefore was more or less intimidated in the face of the persecutions of his times.

Paul tells him that he must find courage within himself, in the charismatic grace of his Ordination as presbyter that he had received through the laying on of Paul’s hands.  In this sacramental rite, the power of God corroborated with him in a selfless and audacious love toward the brethren.  In virtue of this strengthening, Timothy will not be ashamed to give his witness to Christ nor will he feel ashamed because of Paul’s imprisonment.  Rather, he will be ready to suffer together with the Apostle and the other confessors of the faith.

This interior disposition is constantly nourished by grace –the sacramental charisma.  It is not something magical that works independently of free personal adhesion, so much so that it can be extinguished like a fire that is not nourished.  Paul tells Timothy he must ‘fan into flame’ God’s charisma.  This image appears only in Paul and in this Letter.  It is the action of one who breathes into the fire to blow away the ashes that threaten to suffocate the fire and put it out.  “God’s grace is like a fire that is covered with ashes.  It does not give light” (St. Thomas)

O Lord, breathe the fire of Your Grace into my heart and take always the ashes so that it will never go out. 

The Voice of Justin, Holy Philosopher and Martyr 

Pray above all that the doors of light remain open to you so that no one may see and understand unless God and His Christ grant them understanding.



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