Posted by: livingscripture | March 13, 2010

Third Saturday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.

                                  Luke 18: 14

 How should we live this Word

 In the preceding chapter, Jesus had responded to the questions of His disciples affirming that ‘the Kingdom of Heaven is in you’.  Then He had shown them the need to pray always, without becoming discouraged, in order to sustain their faith.  Today, Jesus adds another indispensable support for faith – humility.  As usual, Jesus explains by using a parable, that of the Pharisee and the publican.  Luke introduces them by highlighting Jesus’ intention, “for those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else.”

 The Pharisee’s prayer is not false.  He says the truth.  However, he is arrogant and seems self -satisfied but harsh toward others.  The prayer of the publican is also sincere.  He is a sinner.  But he is aware of his situation and expresses the desire to be forgiven.  He places himself in an authentic rapport with God.

 The faith and the prayer that give us entrance into the Kingdom are founded on this humble trust, fruit of the new consciousness of self and of God taught us by Jesus.  It is the knowledge that God is Love and He embraces the whole of human reality.  It is the knowledge of ourselves as beloved creatures in need of God.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will humbly listen to God, my Father, who loves me as I am and wants me to be with Him in His Kingdom forever.  I will recognize my sinfulness, my need for forgiveness.  I trust His infinite compassion.

 Lord Jesus, when You come again I want to be found as Your true and faithful servant who awaits You and loves You.  Lord Jesus, have mercy on me!

 The voice of Mark Ivan Rupnik, contemporary witness

 We need to verify if we have a mentality that can serve to think of the journey of real life.  Or is it a mentality that brings us to a life of illusions, where the ego is sovereign, but in reality we are isolated.  Isolation is a sign of death because life is only in love, in relationships, in communion.


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