Posted by: livingscripture | November 25, 2009

Last Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 

Not a hair on your head will be destroyed.  By your perseverance you will secure your lives.

                                             Luke 21, 18-19                                            

 

How should we live this Word

 The final coming of God’s Kingdom is marked by calamities and suffering.  In all the subversion and confusion, the believers who are firmly anchored onto Jesus will obtain the Holy Spirit’s power to keep faith with their identity as witnesses.  The price to be paid is not indifferent.  They will be betrayed by family and friends and will face fierce hatred and be in danger of death. 

Then how can we save ourselves?  Will the catastrophe be for everyone?  It is Jesus’ final affirmation that provides the radiant axis of His eschatological discourse, ‘Not a hair on your head will be destroyed’.  He had already said that in the aggressive diatribe with the enemy they should not be preoccupied.  Supported by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the believer will find the right words at the right moment to speak out the truth.  Now the promise becomes deeper and wider.  There is an invisible presence in everyone’s story that safeguards his or her GOOD.  This is not to say that our physical life will be preserved from disastrous events and from death.  However, ‘all will be well’ because all will be saved who persevere in following Christ and in living His Word.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will be consoled by Jesus’ promise regarding my total salvation.  I will consider the needed commitment to persevere daily in my duties.

Lord, thank You!  Absolutely nothing of me will be lost.  Grant that I may take responsibility for my personal response to Your salvation and give me the strength to persevere.

 The voice of St. Augustine, Church Doctor

 Believe in Christ who says, ‘Not a hair on your head will be destroyed’.  Freed now from your infidelity, think rather on how much you are worth.  What part of us will be ignored by the Redeemer if not even a hair will be overlooked?

 


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