Posted by: livingscripture | July 1, 2009

Thirteenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Arise, lift up the boy and hold him by the hand;

 for I will make of him a great nation.

(Genesis 21, 18)


 How should we live this Word

  The story that Genesis presents to us today may leave us a bit dismayed.  The great Abram sends his son away and thus exposes him to death.  God Himself exhorts him to do this.  This may appear scandalous!  And yet, hidden in this episode, there is God’s plan. Ishmael will not be sacrificed and will be fully integrated into this plan.  “I will make a great nation of him also, since he too is your offspring”. Abraham 1

 In salvation history, each person has a place and a role, perhaps by entering into the desert of our large and often unlivable cities.  They may be environments in which we experience that the ‘skin of water’ given us for the journey at Baptism is dried up and we do not see any oasis on the horizon.  Our temptation may be like that of Hagar, to resign ourselves as our life dies, forgetful this it has been entrusted to each of us.  We are all responsible for the life that languishes and dies because of our lack of courage in taking our sister or brother by the hand, especially if young and helpless, indicating the Spirit to them as the Source of Living Water.

 The desert that we are called to cross with them is the place of trial to invigorate and temper us so that we may become persons who are capable of dominating situations and becoming involved in making the desert blossom.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will remove the temptation to cry over the evils of the world.  I will sharpen my vision to perceive the ‘wells of water’ present in our society where there is still so much good will.

 The font of living Water that You have melted Lord, has not ceased to irrigate our land.  Help me to draw from it and to direct to it all those who are tired and deluded and following other roads.

 The voice of Tonino Bello, Bishop

 Let us hold tight to the power to place signs rapidly along the road the world has taken.  We are the street arrows, the arrows that indicate the beyond, thorns of restlessness that pierce the side of the world in order to ask, ‘Which road are you following?’  We have only the power to be signs. 



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