Posted by: livingscripture | June 29, 2009

Thirteenth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 In those days, King Herod laid hands upon some members of the Church to harm them.   

(Acts 12, 1)

 FEAST of St. PETER and St. PAUL  

 How should we live this Word

  The readings of today’s solemnity present us with the two pillars of the nascent Church, Peter the Rock, placed by Christ as the foundation of His Church, and Paul the Apostle, chosen to bring the Gospel message to the pagans.  They are two profoundly different persons in temperament and in culture, but sharing an extraordinary passion for Christ.  They have one mission that is realized along different roads but validated by the same seal of a witness brought to the shedding of blood.

 In them we see the image of what every Christian is called to be, a person grasped by Christ with the mission of PETERPAUL-ICON2-4IN-750420[1]making Him known through life witness.  This is true even when the social-cultural context is other than favorable.  Rather, it is precisely then that the mandate becomes a pressing task and witnessing becomes more luminous and credible.  But all this calls for courage!

 Certainly!  It is the courage to really believe, to entrust ourselves to God, counting on Him and not on our own strength.  Then we can state with Peter, ‘The Lord sent His Angel’ and with Paul, ‘The Lord stayed close to me’, not with awesome miracles that closed the mouth of their enemies but with the power of His love and the gift of His peace.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will recall the moment in which I perceived that I had been grasped by Christ.  I will re-confirm my will to witness to Him with my life in the small but concrete gestures that will be suggested to me by the situations that I will live today.

 Lord, thank you for having reached me with Your love, for having made me experience it so that I may cry it out to the whole world.

 The voice of Maurice Zundel, witness

 Books, documents, reasoning are never able to convince and to convert.  What is needed is the light of a life, the radiance of a face, the beat of a heart.  It is the gift of an entire life.


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