Posted by: livingscripture | June 27, 2009

Twelfth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I really bear a child, old as I am?’  “Is anything too marvelous for the Lord to do?”      

 (Genesis 18, 13)

 How should we live this Word

  ‘Is anything too marvelous for the lord to do?’ is a rhetorical question.  These words evoke other similar assertions in the New Testament, ‘Nothing is impossible for God’ (Luke 1, 37) and ‘Everything is possible for those who believe’. (Mark 9, 29)  There is nothing magical about these sayings.  We are not dealing with the belief that I can dominate God’s power, bending it to do what I want, when I want, and how I want.  If it seems to work this way, it is merely a ruse of our unconscious or subconscious mind.  Believing is totally different.

fioriroccia Martin Buber, a famous Jewish believer writes, ‘Everything is possible with God.  Going beyond the fact that truly, God can do everything, means that in God, in His sphere, in being near Him and walking with Him, reigns ‘all-possibility’. Therefore all that elsewhere is impossible, here becomes possible.  And this is true for those who enter into God’s sphere, those who believe.  No, the believer does not possess the power that God possesses, but possesses it insofar as he is handed over to Him and dedicated to understanding what pleases God’.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will meditate on these illuminating ideas of our existence that helps us desire ever more ardently to walk in God’s presence, with Jesus crucified and risen.  He is not only our beloved companion on the journey, but He also gives us the strength to overcome evil and live in an attitude of peace and in the gift that of ourselves that alone we cannot live.

 Lord, grant that I may believe in depth.  Grant that I may breathe trust in You and that I may communicate it to others.

 The voice of Chiara Lubic, Foundress of the Focolari Movement

 To believe means to discover that we are loved by God and to entrust ourselves totally to this love by responding to love with love.  If we love each other, God Himself witnesses within us.  He gives us an entirely new way of looking at the reality around us.  Faith makes us see events through His eyes, makes us discover the plan He has for us, for others, and for the entire creation.


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