Posted by: livingscripture | September 24, 2009

Twenty Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Who then is this…?

                                                                                                          (Luke 9, 7-9)                                              

How should we live this Word

faceofjesus1a[1] Everyone was wondering just who Jesus was.  Even Herod ‘kept trying to see Him’.  Jesus and His message always provoke the taking up of a position.  Either He enthuses us or we condemn Him.  Even the apostles had to face the hard question, ‘Who do you say that I am?’

 For Christians, this is the basic reality revealed by Jesus.  He is the Son of the living God.  He alone has words of eternal life.  He Himself clearly stated this, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life’.  Thus, whoever listens to the Word and sincerely seeks the truth, will follow Jesus and will find the promised Kingdom of eternal life.

 Herod too, sought to see Jesus but it was not his intention to know His message of truth.  He merely desired to see some miracle.  It was only during Jesus’ passion, when Pilate sent Jesus to Herod because Jesus was under his jurisdiction, that Herod would meet Jesus.  But on that occasion, Herod merely mocked Him.  In the face of such superficiality, Jesus made no response.

 Today, Jesus asks each one of us, ‘Who am I for you?’

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this question.  If I accept that Jesus is the Son of the living God who gives me eternal life, the consequences are compelling.  I am called to live my conviction notwithstanding persons and structures that seek to destroy the Gospel and persecute the disciples in ways that are sometimes cruel and sometimes hidden and therefore, even more insidious.

 You are the Christ, the fullness of the Father’s love incarnated in history out of love!  Thanks and praise to You in the power of the Spirit.

 The voice of St. Louis Orione

 What is the use of knowing the Gospel, the life of Christ, if then you do not live it?  It is not enough to have God on our lips.  We need to live Him so that He may shine forth in us.



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