Posted by: livingscripture | March 6, 2010

Second Saturday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons…Who does not persist in anger forever, but delights rather in clemency…

                                             Micah 7: 18

 How should we live this Word

 This is an authentic profession of faith from the mouth of the prophet Micah.  At every moment, God takes delight in using mercy where our sin has caused misery.  Remembering the prodigies of the Exodus, he adds “You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins; you will show faithfulness…”

 God reveals Himself as an ever faithful partner of the covenant and never excuses Himself from bending over our poverty as it is, and elevating us in His love.  With the gratuitous embrace of welcome, splendidly portrayed in the parable of the merciful father who awaits the return of his prodigal son, God rushes to meet us, divesting Himself of His dignity, which in the Orient is embodied in hurrying toward another.  It is a humiliation that allows us to see God’s drama in the passionate love of the inscrutable and unspeakable sorrow of the Father.  God is deeply moved by the desire to clothe us anew in our re-found dignity as His children. 

 This is why God is always disposed to forgive.  We see the gift of reconciliation with God in all its sweet consolation of being embraced and kissed by His mercy.  It is an intense spiritual joy, a quality leap for us who continually flee from Him.  We seek to vindicate our right to manage our own life, thereby denying our spiritual DNA and believing that we are finally free.

This is the provocation of today’s Word.  Why do we continue to sacrifice our dignity to the idols of our time and barter the gift of grace with the agitated avidity to possess foolish and precarious goods to satisfy our egoism?

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will turn my heart to the Lord in joy, encouraged by His benevolent condescension.

 I bless You Father.  On the threshold of time You wait patiently and anxiously for my return.  You wait to cast into the depths of the sea all my sins in the power of Your unchangeable fidelity that gives me life.

 The voice of Abba Macario, Desert Father

 We must not let our hearts be discouraged and we must not give in to desperation because the Lord Jesus Christ offers us the occasion for repentance with our every breath.


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