Posted by: livingscripture | September 17, 2009

Twenty Fourth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are all who live by it. 

His praise endures forever.

      (Psalm 111)

 How should we live this Word

 Today’s responsorial psalm is a continuation of yesterday’s psalm.  In every Eucharistic Liturgy, we respond to God’s Word.  It is as though each one of us is saying to the Lord, ‘I too, like Timothy, want to live as a wise person, faithful to Your Word, persevering in listening, accomplishing the good with purity of heart.  From perseverance in listening, wisdom is born and from wisdom, the fear of God which is the acknowledgment of God’s essence.

 Today’s Gospel presents us with Luke’s delicate description of the Pharisee Simon’s invitation to Jesus to come to his home for lunch.  With bright colors, he paints the essential characteristics of the God Jesus came to reveal.  He is the generous and patient ‘Creditor’.  He is the sensitive heart that is moved at the humble and affectionate gestures of the sinner who returns to Him.  “Her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love” He says of the penitent woman who is washing His feet with her tears and perfuming them. Magdalene

 Who can fear a God whose ‘bowls’ cry out with mercy as He awaits the return of His sons and daughters?  Thus, the ‘fear of God’ is praise and veneration for His maternal and paternal heart! 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will visualize my regeneration from these depths of mercy and I will repeat with humble gratitude:

 I bless You Father, Lord of heaven and earth because You have revealed the secrets of Your heart to the little ones!

 The voice of a great poet

 Praise, glorify, fear the Lord!  Here, fear is praise that has reached the point of having no words and becomes awe, silence, and love.

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