Posted by: livingscripture | October 29, 2008

30 Thursday of Ordinary Time


Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might…Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.  (Ephesians 6, 10/14)

How should we live this Word


Using allegorical expressions, St. Paul exhorts the believer to be clothed in spiritual armor that is naturally a reference to the mode of his contemporaries.  What interests us here is to pause on that which is given primacy of place among the emblematic ‘pieces’ named by St. Paul.  It deals with girding one’s loins with the truth and putting on the breastplate of righteousness. 


In speaking of ‘truth’, biblical language is not proposing a set of dogmas as conceptual truths in which to believe.  The meaning is much broader and deeper.  It is connected with the pact of the covenant, a downright nuptial love, that God made with His people and also with me, with you, with every person today.  Truth is the substance of Love.  We can also say that Love is above all, Truth.  The Truth of God-Love penetrates me so that I too may be ‘true’, that is, His image and likeness in my life.


It is very beautiful that the first piece of ‘armor’ is truth. It defends us from the various existential lies, the gravest of which is to put oneself at the center of one’s life and to think of oneself as better than the others.  Thus too, justice is rightly compared to the ‘breastplate’ that covers the whole body of the soldier.  ‘Righteousness’ is a pregnant biblical term.  It does not only mean giving to each ‘their due’, but much more.   Righteous are the ones who live with Jesus and according to the dictates of His Gospel, not through force but by the Holy Spirit.  They live serenely, under the gaze of the Father from Whom they draw ‘strength and vigor’.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will think of this very consoling truth.  I will abandon myself to God, drawing comfort and communicating this to others.


Lord, grant that I may draw strength from you, in the vigor of Your power.  Grant that I may be fully Christian and fully human.



The voice of St. Louis Orione, Founder

We must discard the works of darkness and dress ourselves in the armor of light.  Then we can do good to all without distinction of class or party, doing good always to the point of sacrificing ourselves.  Only then will better days shine on our country and on the world.


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