Posted by: livingscripture | March 21, 2010

Fifth Sunday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; see, I am doing something new!  Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  In the desert I make a way, in the wasteland, rivers.

                                     Isaiah 49: 18-19

 How should we live this Word 

Lent is ending.  We are coming closer and closer to splendid salvific newness in the celebration of the central mystery of our faith: the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus the Savior.  Isaiah’s word is like a street sign struck by the sunlight.  Which road does it indicate?  It directs us to abandon decisively the memory of the past, those evil and destructive things that came from our desire for possessions, persons, wealth, comfort, reputation.  These were all an idolatrous way of living, a mistaken road on which we often tarried as we burned incense to our ego.

 What a joy it is to find this prophetic announcement.  Yes, God, One in Three, is the eternal newness of Love that radically assumed our human condition with the Incarnation of the Word.  We have been renewed from within as each day presents a fresh opportunity to live fully in the creative power of love.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let myself be grasped by the attraction of the greatest and truest newness of existence.

 Lord, I know that I exist in this mystery of newness because of Your grace.  Grant that I may cast aside all that was only useless effort and loss of time in seeking what was worthless.  To be a Christian means to allow myself to be struck by the newness of Your love and to live and radiate this awareness that renews me continually.

 The voice of the Discourse to Diogneto

 God, who in the past showed us the impotence of our human nature to reach life, now shows us the Savior who can save us all.  For this, He wants us to trust in His goodness and recognize Him as our support, father, teacher, councillor, doctor. He wants us to see Him as our light, our mind, our honor and glory, our strength, our life, our certainty for food and clothing.

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