Posted by: livingscripture | September 28, 2009

Twenty Sixth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Thus says the Lord, I will return to Zion, and I will dwell within Jerusalem: Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city.

                                             (Zechariah 8, 3)                                           


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 The prophet Zechariah has just stated some very strong expressions on God’s part.  He is a God who is ‘jealous’, but not in the evil sense of human jealousy.  Here, jealously is understood as the love of a God who knows that only in Him can human beings find the ultimate responses that do not negate His hunger for love.  This is why God want s us to allow Him to meet and possess Him.  ‘Possession’ coincides with our authentic freedom.  Thus, notwithstanding the betrayals and abandonment of His people, the Lord not only promises their return to the city of Jerusalem but also declares He wants to dwell there.  He adds a beautiful clarification, “Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city.” 

 We may ask the meaning of these divine proclamations for us today.  It is precisely in this confused world of ours where all is consumed in haste, in this throw-away society, that these words of God shine forth, reassure us, and console us with eternal vigor.  Jerusalem is the heart of every believer, where the Lord has always taken up His dwelling.  Thus this faithful city is the human heart.  This is not because our heart is substantially faithful.  So often we turn our back on the Lord, forgetting His law.  He is faithful.  Each day He builds the citadel of the heart in the vision of His fidelity. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this certainty.  God’s fidelity is a light to my heart.  Each day it urges me to be faithful on the roads of freedom by loving Him.

 Lord, You are my strength, my fidelity to love, today and always!

 The voice of Josemaria Escrivà

 Your happiness on earth is identified with your fidelity to the faith, to purity, and to the road that the Lord has traced out for you.




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