Posted by: livingscripture | October 24, 2009

Twenty Ninth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

        

Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?  By no means!  But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!

(Luke 13: 2-3)    

 How should we live this Wordknocking

 Some people told Jesus about the recent violent interventions of Pilate.  They believed that a violent death was punishment for sin.  Jesus helps them understand that we are all sinners and in urgent need of conversion.  “If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”  In fact, evil resides neither in suffering or death but in those who abuse their own freedom.  Humans are responsible for sin and therefore of the evil that exists in the world.  Even tremendous natural catastrophes find a weighty cause in sin because nature clearly and mysteriously suffers the consequences.

 Jesus invites us to read the events of life at a deeper level, within God’s saving plan.  Thus we can discover our guilt on a different scale and remove the masks of our personal abuse of freedom in order to be converted in profundity.  Conversion demands a change of mentality and a purification of the heart that gradually lead to communion in intimate life with the Lord and with everyone.  The passage concludes with a parable that makes us see God’s compassion and readiness to provide the opportunity for repentance. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will enter into my heart to examine how I manage my freedom.  Convert my heart, O Lord!

 Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your patience with me.  I will do my best to bring forth fruits of authenticity, justice, and peace in the future.

 The voice of St. Padre Pio               

 Live calmly with your spirit because you have nothing to fear.  Jesus permits spiritual struggle, not as a punishment but as purification.  The trial is not to the death but to health.

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