Posted by: livingscripture | June 26, 2009

Twelfth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said: “I am God the Almighty.  Walk in my presence and be blameless.  And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”  Then Abram fell on his face and God said to him, “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations.”         (Genesis 17, 1-4)

 How should we live this Word

This is an important moment in salvation history.  To a man who is almost one hundred year old, God promises His nearness, his help.  In a word, He makes a covenant with him that is rendered visible in Sarah’s ability to have a child, she who has been sterile and is now advanced in age.  She will bear Isaac from whom multitudes will descend.

 It is interesting to note what God asks of Abram long ago and of us today as well.  He asks him to walk in His presence, with an integral heart and life, capable of choosing what is just and in accord with God’s will.  God’s covenant with Abram, this alliance, the golden thread running through all of salvation history, is based on an injunction that is all in our favor if well understood!  In fact, walking in the knowledge that God is with me everywhere, protects me from the sense of discomfort, of feeling alone.Abraham 1

 We derive courage and strength when we walk believing in the presence of a God who created us and lovingly watches over us, guiding the evolution of our life in adherence to the Father’s plan.  We are saved from pessimism and evil as we walk under the gaze of one who has not only wanted us, but who has so loved use as to give us His Son Jesus to save us  through His Paschal Mystery.  With God as our ally and with His strength, we will find integrity of life and our heart will rest in His promises.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder these words, ‘Present to the Present One in the present’.  It means that I am aware of God present in this moment that I am living.

 Lord, grant that I may often enter within my depths to arouse the awareness that I am not alone but living in Your loving Presence.

 The voice of St. Augustine, Church Doctor

 The soul has nothing of itself; all it has comes from God.  Accordingly, the soul lives only because of God’s presence in the spirit and in its consciousness.  This is how it recollects itself in its depths. But if the soul rises up in conceit, it then goes out of itself, empties itself, and progressively diminishes itself.  Going out of itself is none other than renouncing its own interiority, distancing itself from God, in a spiritual sense.


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