Posted by: livingscripture | January 27, 2009

Third Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


By this “will”, we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.                 (Hebrews, 10, 10)


How should we live this Word


   crucifix21                           Paul directs his message to the Jews, his own people, those who know the Scriptures well but need someone to interpret them in an efficacious way according to Jesus’ Gospel.  The Apostle is proud of being part of the chosen people and all their traditions.  Here he re-reads through Christian eyes, the prophetic perspective of the Old Testament where God refuses sacrifices, preferring that humans listen to and do His will.  Paul affirms that in Christ, listening and adhering to the will of the Father were perfect.  It was the divine will of salvation, opening the doors so that we could return to Him, accomplished by Christ.  The Word incarnate, truly human and truly God, became the way to know the Father. 


Precisely in Him are we able to discover our vocation to holiness.  But what is holiness?  We often think that it does not refer to us.  We feel the goal is too far and therefore we don’t even try to live this sublime vocation to which each one of us is called.  Don Bosco, the saint of the young, proposed it to his boys as the preferred way of life.  He told them, ‘We must become saints’.  It is easy to become a saint.  How?  Simply, by living our day with responsibility and love, by nurturing healthy relationships with others, by continuous and intelligent attention to our duties.  We need only offer ourselves to God, to His Spirit, so that we may be transformed, transfigured, receiving  their very life so that through us, others may be open to God’s powerful mercy.  As St. Paul says, it is keeping our person as ‘the dwelling of the Spirit’ (Cf. 1 Thess. 4, 4).


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will pray:


Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, illumine me, attract me, sanctify me.  Grant that I may know the will of the Father and grant that I may always follow it.


The voice of St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church


God does not seek nor want anything but our sanctification.  Who clearly manifests this?  The Word of His Son who came into the womb of our humanity full of fire, showing us the Father’s will with His blood, to accomplish it in us.  It is that sweet will with which He created us to give us everlasting life, so that we might participate in His great and eternal beauty.

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