Posted by: livingscripture | October 14, 2009

Twenty Eighth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


Glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good.

(Romans 2: 11)   

 How should we live this Word

 Doing good means walking uprightly before God and all our sisters and brothers, not judging, and not having a hard, impenitent heart.  It does not matter if one is Jewish or Greek, as St. Paul says, or if we belong to one church or another.  The just ones bring God’s justice upon themselves, His peace, and human honor.temple 5

In the Gospel, Jesus states it even more concretely, “Woe to you…you pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay not attention to judgment and to love for God…You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”  It is a powerful recall to interior life, to conversion of the heart and mind.  Away with our face masks of hypocrisy beautified by a ritualistic observance and false goodness that hide presumption and delusions of all-powerful perfection.  Away with our human relationships that point the finger at others, judging them and moralizing, which often hides a personal, relativistic ethic and the tendency to adapt the law to our measure.  The law of a Christian is ‘the justice and love of God’, the only things that can save us from the schizophrenia of heart and mind.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will confront myself with St. Paul’s question to the Romans, “Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?”  I will recognize my masks and I will place them at the feet of the Crucified as I pray:

 Lord, grant me wisdom that I may live honestly and uprightly before You and others.

 The voice of Charles Carretto, witness

 God’s love is by nature universal, chaste, balanced, and holy.  Those under His dominion live in deep peace.  They have a scale of values.  They know what freedom is.  But the love of God must be worked on, cultivated, pruned, and made fecund as it passes through the human heart.  God Himself is the adept and intransigent farmer.

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