Posted by: livingscripture | November 26, 2008

November 26, 2008 34 Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

By your endeavor you will gain your lives.

  (Luke 21, 19)

 

                                                              

How should we live this Word

 

Jesus does not announce a path strewn  with flowers to His followers.  Instead, He emphasizes the fact there will be no support or applause in regard to their decision to follow Him by living the Gospel.  He does not hide the eventual persecutions but He also points out the positive that will emerge, courageous witnessing.  In the darkness of a pagan world, we witness to the beauty and fecundity of being ‘children of the light’.

 

However, be attentive!  All of this finds its master key in the final affirmation of today’s gospel, ‘By your endeavor, you will gain your lives’.  But how?  Doesn’t God save us?  How can we dare think that we save ourselves?  Jesus gives us the key for a deeper interpretation.  It is the Lord who saves me, but if I am dispersive and inconsistent in my choices, He gives me the freedom to lose myself.  It is the Lord who saves me, but if in the face of difficulties and fatigue on the road of goodness, I turn to comfortable solutions and slide into compromises, the evil of perdition is at the door!  It is the Lord who saves me, but He respects my freedom to the point that He makes the pressing invitation to exercise it with perseverance on the way of the Gospel.

 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will review those moments and situations in which I have been tempted to give in, to compromise or to stay upright on two supports, a bit with Christ and a bit with this new accommodating paganism.

 

Lord Jesus, grant me perseverance on the road of light, with You, for the Father and for the good of everyone.

 

The Voice of St. Seraphino of Sarov, oriental mystic

 

The climb to the Kingdom requires patience and generosity.  It is not easy to overcome attachment to the vanities of this world.


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