Posted by: livingscripture | January 23, 2009

January 23, 2009 Second Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah…But this is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:  I will place my laws in their minds and I will write them upon their hearts; I will be their God and they shall be my people.

(Hebrews 8, 8-10)

How should we live this Word


The author of the Letter to the Hebrews underlines a basic element of Old Testament revelation, that of the covenant.  He cites the most famous text that is precisely this one of Jeremiah.  It is there that the concept of a pact of love (berit…a nuptial pact!) between God and His people shines with newness in regard to that which went before.  In fact, Jeremiah speaks of a new covenant in which God Himself will write the law, not on tablets of stone, but on the human heart and mind.  The sacred author speaks of that atmosphere typical of this covenant in which both the knowledge of and contact with the Lord are intimate.


We come from Him with a new quality of life.  It is the prophecy of the new and eternal covenant that Jesus perfected with the seal of His blood and which we vitally remember in every Eucharistic celebration.


Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will ask the Spirit to enter more vitally and more deeply into the nuptial covenant with ‘sips’ of vibrant silence.  I will silently keep my gaze fixed on Jesus’ heart and I will thus understand that all I do is His will for my life and can shine with pure love if I live united to His heart and if I do all with Him to please the Father.


You are my God and my soul finds rest only in You!


The voice of Pope Paul VI                  


Esteem for silence is reborn in us, that indispensable atmosphere for a truly interior life.  Silence teaches us to be firm in good thoughts, ready to receive God’s secret inspirations and the exhortations of true teachers.  It helps us realize how important meditation is, deepening, and that interior prayer that only God sees in secret.

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