Posted by: livingscripture | March 20, 2010

Fourth Saturday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, “This man is truly the Prophet.”  Others said, “This is the Christ.”  But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he?  Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”  So division occurred in the crowd because of him.

                                               John 7: 40-43

 How should we live this Word

 It is of interest to pause on this aspect of Jesus and what His Word provokes.  We do not find agreement among His listeners.  There are those who are awed, who believe Him to be a prophet, and those who almost recognize His identity.  They say, ‘He is the Christ’. 

 However, there soon appear contradictory currents that presume to base their disapprobation on Sacred Scripture, “The Christ will not come from Galilee.  Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem?”  Thus dissent is born, that uncertain and confused state of mind where sentiments of diffidence and rejection mix in more than the will to reach the shores of reality as it is.  The proposal to arrest Jesus seems rational.  The guards are summoned but they refuse to do it, and state as their reason, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”  It is a beautiful affirmation that even today’s history confirms. 

 No one has proclaimed words of life like Jesus.  No one has proposed answers to life’s most arduous problems of suffering, misunderstanding, sickness, and death as He has.  No one has been able to swallow evil and absorb it, transforming it into a victory for the good by giving His very life.  There is power in His Word, like a sword of light and generative energy!

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will meditate on this reality with an open mind and an accepting heart.

 As I approach the Holy Week in which we celebrate the holy Mysteries of love and pain and joy, grant that I may decide to consider Your Word very deeply and to rid myself of many useless words.

 The voice of Chiara Amirante, contemporary witness

 Christ has marked history and has overturned our history.  He has given our heart answers.

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