Posted by: livingscripture | September 30, 2009

Twenty Sixth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Let letters be given to me…The King granted by requests, for the favoring hand of my God was upon me.

                             (Nehemiah 2, 8)                                           

 How should we live this Word

 Centuries before Christ, the Israelites were prisoners in Babylon.  During the reign of King Artaxerxes, Nehemiah, the narrator of this event, was in charge of the King’s wine.  On one opportune day, he presented himself to the King and manifested his anguish that Jerusalem, the city of his ancestors, was in ruins.  The King himself asked him what he wished to do.  Nehemiah had only one desire, to make the long journey to Jerusalem in order to re-build it.

 The KinNehemiah 2g not only agreed, but also gave him precious letters of recommendation so that Nehemiah would find no obstacles on his journey but only help.  He even gave him letters to obtain the appropriate materials for the construction of the city gates and the doors of the temple.

 What is important for us today is the deep faith of Nehemiah’s heart.  It is of great consolation for us to read Nehemiah’s affirmation that, “the King granted my requests, for the favoring hand of my God was upon me.”  Many are the difficulties for those who desire to build well the house of their life and that of those who are with them.  This fact is obvious.  But for every sincere will to do good, there corresponds a grace, a help on God’s part of His ‘favoring hand’.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the certainty of the help that I may draw upon for my good endeavors.  I will remain in prayerful and confident silence.

 Lord, grant that I may count on Your favorable and powerful hand.  Grant me zeal in choosing the good and wanting to accomplish it at any cost.

 The voice of Ignatius Larranga

 Let us entrust impossible things to the hands of God the Father and abandon ourselves as children do.

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