Posted by: livingscripture | March 24, 2010

Fifth Wednesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 If our God, whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O king, may he save us!  But even if he will not, know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue that you set up.

                                         Daniel 3: 17-18

 How should we live this Word

 “Who is the God who can deliver you out of my hands?”  This is the sarcastic challenge hurled to provoke the courageous youths who find themselves bound to choose between fidelity to God and life.  In substance, this is a challenge that is continually proposed in every age.  The idols may change, but the demand that we kneel before them continues to insinuate itself.  In one way or another, we all must face them and take a position.  These are the moments when faith is put to the test and we can come out purified and strengthened.

 We can anchor ourselves to faith and go ahead strengthened in the certainty that God can intervene and free us from the strictures imposed by situations.  This is already a point of arrival.  But the three young men lead us to see something more.  They not only show trust in God’s provident and all powerful love that can save them from death.  They adhere totally to Him, placing Him above life itself.  There faith does not need miracles to be sustained.  For them, God is not a secure refuge.  Even in the absence of prodigious interventions, they remain steadfast in their adhesion to Him.

 This is the mature faith that today, more than ever, is needed.  It is the witness of those who, in the face of the sarcastic insinuations of agnosticism, stand solidly on their faith.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will evaluate my own faith to see if it is simply the seeking of a secure refuge or an unconditional adhesion to God.

 Lord, grant me an authentic faith, capable of facing life’s vicissitudes with this certainty.  The world in which I live and work is in the hands of God who guides all things toward the realization of His stupendous plan of love.  

 The voice of Hèlder Camara, contemporary witness

 We lose ourselves in so many words that we render ourselves incapable of understanding God’s silence.  Do not be lacerated by doubts about today and tomorrow.  Always live God’s today.

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