Posted by: livingscripture | February 20, 2009

Sixth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the Gospel will save it.  What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?                 (Mark 8, 35-36)


How should we live this Word


If we give only a superficial reading to these words of Jesus addressed not only to His apostles but to all His followers, we run the risk of abandoning both Him and His way.  We have pulsing within us an unconquerable love for life and the expansion of our entire being from the first moment of our existence.   So what sense does it make to ‘lose one’s life’?   The author of Genesis (11m 1-9), narrates the challenge that humans decide to make to the heavens in order ‘to make a name for themselves’.  They seek to self-expansion, but not for God’s glory and the building of a society based on love.   Their intent is clearly egoistic.  “God who fashioned the heart of each, he who knows all their works’, allows their unhealthy desires to engineer division and the confusion of languages. 


 Jesus indicates the road to love.  It is losing oneself and one’s very life by leaving all that is inauthentic, finding the heart of one’s existence, the deepest self loved by the Lord, made in His image and likeness.  This is the way to make one’s instinctive egoism die in order to love.  cross1


In my pause for silent contemplation today, I will let Jesus question me deeply and indicate to me the quality of life that really counts.  What must I decide when there are little conflicts, when my quiet living is threatened, when my pride wants to show itself?


Grant me a heart capable of loving, capable of self-giving so that Your Love may enter into the heart of every brother and sister.


The voice of Etty Hillesum, contemporary martyr


I am grateful that I do not feel any hate or bitter feelings but possess a great calm that is not resignation.  My interior life becomes ever simpler, filled with benevolence and trust.

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