Posted by: livingscripture | November 3, 2009

Thirty First Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day        

Anticipate one another in showing honor.

(Romans 12: 5-16)             


How should we live this Wordimage029- circle of friends

 We well know the precept of love and, generally, we are inclined to help those in a needy situation and thus inferior.  Confronted with someone who arouses our compassion, we are ready to help, even dedicating our time personally.  These are certainly noble gestures that should increase and that merit acknowledgment.

Yet, there is a type of charity that is difficult to give.  It is the one St. Paul indicates.  Giving gratifies us.  Acknowledging the value of others is perceived as diminishment of oneself, a threat, and therefore, we avoid it.  The esteem that we should give each other has its roots primarily in the divine imprint that marks the depths of our being.  It is present in the new born, in the handicapped person, in the sick, in the indigent, in the sinner, in everyone.  What is more, we are in some way indebted to everyone.  The beggar on the side of the road seeking alms solicits the distracted passersby to find their true self, their dignity as God’s children and thus all brothers and sisters.  Every fraternal relationship is shown in sharing.  The indigent and the mendicant bare our creature state.  I too, need to stretch out my hand and not only toward God.  I need others to complete me with their gifts.  I need their acknowledgment, their love.  I need their forgiveness.  Above all, I need the very esteem that I hesitate to give.  This is needed even more than the bread I may offer.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will think of the persons I find hard to esteem and I will seek to see their positive and valuable attributes.

 Lord, today I want to thank You for those persons toward whom I have not nourished sufficient esteem.  Please free my mind from all prejudice and negative memories that do not permit me to appreciate the gift each person is for me.

 The voice of  Antoine de Saint- Exupéry, pilot and author

 One only sees well with the heart.  What is essential is invisible to the eyes.

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