Posted by: livingscripture | September 6, 2009

Twenty Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!  Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you.

      (Luke 6, 5)


 How should we live this Word

 Second Isaiah here celebrates the exodus of the Jews from Babylon.  Some were dying in the desert and they were becoming discouraged.  The Word of God sustained them.  The prophet assures them that the Lord Himself will vindicate them for all they suffered in their imprisonment and in the hostile desert.

 Divine recompense is different from any human recompense that is always limited and usually less than what the heart expects.  The most comforting assurance is this; ‘He will come to save you!’  This promise had been written centuries before Christ but it was fully realized only with His coming.  ‘Be strong!  Fear not!’  Isaiah tells us this and these words are repeated 366 times in the Bible!  They are enough for every day of your life, even for leap year.  What exorcises our fear, is knowing that One, true God and true man, has come to save us.  ‘God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, so that whoever believes in Him will be saved’. (John 3, 16)

 This is the key to open the door of salvation and it is in our hands.  God’s ineffable love goes well beyond our capacity for understanding.  Isn’t this precisely why we may take courage and be trustful?


 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will be aware of this key of my free will that opens all to the flux of salvation God wants to work in me.

 Lord, if you increase my faith and revive my love, I can entrust myself fully and joyfully to You!

 The voice of a great theologian

 Your only begotten Son came to meet every human being, the abandoned that we all are.  For all, He was born in a stable and died on the cross.  Lord, awaken us that we may be alert to recognize this and witness to it.

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