Posted by: livingscripture | September 25, 2009

Twenty Fifth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


The Son of Man must suffer greatly…and on the third day be raised.

                                                (Luke 9, 18-22)                                            


How should we live this Word

 In today’s Gospel, Jesus seeks to clarify the nature of His messiahship and thus He speaks of His passion. 

“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes and be killed and on the third day be raised.”  He is the Suffering Servant of Isaiah who must walk the way of suffering and the ignominy of the cross in order to redeem each of us from sin.  However, death will not have the last word.  On the third day, He will be raised.  God triumphs, not Satan.051508_lead_new[1]

 Conquering death with His resurrection, Jesus, divine and human, gives us the possibility of eternal life.  According to John, this life consists in ‘knowing the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent’ (John 17, 3).  It deals with an interior awareness of God as He is.  Such awareness is always transformative.  It leads to intimacy with God through Jesus who, not only opens the way, but also accompanies us step by step along this road of truth and of love.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will praise God for His plan of salvation and I will meditate on the ways that Jesus accompanies me day by day.  It may be through the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Lectio Divina, volunteer groups, and so on.

 Jesus, dead and risen for me, grant that I may dwell in joy, that more and more, I may perceive Your love that saves.  Grant that I may radiate it around me.

 The voice of Carlo Carretto, contemporary witness

 You say you do not have faith.  Love and faith will come.  You say you are alone.  Love and you will leave your isolation.  You say you are in hell.  Love and you will be in heaven.  Heaven is Love.

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