Posted by: livingscripture | October 30, 2009

Thirtieth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


They are children of Israel; theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; theirs the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is over all, God blessed forever.  Amen.

(Romans 9: 1-5) 


How should we live this Word


The plan of salvation was presented in the first eight chapters of the Letter to the Romans.  It regards all those who believe in Christ.  Here instead Paul affirms with deep pain, the fact that Israel, the chosen people of God, remains hermetically closed to Christ.jesus-face-velazquez5

 Paul himself, a son of Israel, a good Pharisee and extremely well prepared in his knowledge of the Scriptures, declares the inestimable riches of this people.  He recalls their adoption as God’s children through the covenant, the pact of nuptial fidelity that was repeatedly made by God with His people and the law given to Moses on Mount Sinai to guide the spiritual journey of His people so that they could discern clearly the road to true life.  In addition, there were the accurate indications for solemn cult, exteriorly in the temple and interiorly in the depths of the heart, and the radiant promises regarding the coming of the Messiah.  There were the Patriarchs that kept the torch alive with their fearless lives.  Paul’s heart is awake with all this historical treasure of memories and charisms.  His suffering is this: why is it that Jesus Christ who comes from such holy roots, the One for whom all was done, is not recognized for what He is but rather is rejected?

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on Paul’s attitude.  He has pain but there is no recrimination in him or condemnation, judgments, malicious criticism, bitterness.  He desires to be ‘cursed’ for them.  The apostle lives what he announces, ‘charity covers all things, supports all things, and never stops hoping.  Does my behavior mirror this in regard to those who are ‘far’, to those who think and feel differently than me?

 Lord, grant me a heart that is wide, deep, and understanding.  Grant that I may not withdraw with confused ideas about my Christian faith but at the same time, help me to refrain from responding with judgments and condemnations for those who are not in my boat.

 The voice of José Rodriguez Carballo, Superior General of the Franciscans

 What we need most today is dialog (with other religions) in the clarity of each one’s identity.


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