Posted by: livingscripture | January 12, 2009

January 12, 2009 Monday, Week One of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

In times past, God spoke in fragmentary and varied ways to our fathers through the prophets; in this, the final  age, he has spoken to us through his Son.     

 (Hebrews 1, 1-2)

 

How should we live this Word 

 

In a more concise but no less precise way, John will tell us, ‘In the beginning was the Word…and the Word was God’.  It is an expression that opens up unlimited horizons.  It introduces us into the intimate reality of God, His essence as fundamentally relational, a relation of love.  And what is  a word if not the revelation of what each of us guards in our most intimate self, what is most private to us?  To verbalize our own interior world bespeaks a will for communion, the handing over of self.  This is what God has done from the beginning, when His Word called all into existence, placing us before Himself as  His partner.

 

This is a dialogue that God has never wanted to interrupt, even when humans refused to listen to Him and closed themselves in their own stubborn silence.    Nature’s eloquent reminder was intertwined with the voice of the prophets and finally, the very Word Himself became flesh.  We have contemplated Him in the liturgical season that has just ended, yet His presence endures among us, soliciting us to receive Him in the numerous daily calls that carry His loving will.

 

Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will ask the Holy Spirit for docile listening so that the Word that reaches me today may find an echo and prompt response in me.

 

Grant that I may listen to You Lord, and allow myself to be shaped by Your living Word.

 

The voice of David Maria Turoldo, poet-theologian                  

 

This is a world without measure and without glory because it has lost the gift and the use of contemplation.  It is a civilization of noise; a time without prayer.  It is without silence and therefore without listening.  It is the flood of our words that suffocates the passionate sound of His Word.


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