Posted by: livingscripture | March 26, 2010

Fifth Friday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works.

                                              John 10: 37-38

 How should we live this Word

 Faith is adhesion to a person and not merely stupor for the prodigies that he works.  Many times Jesus had exclaimed with regret, if you do not see signs and prodigies, you do not believe!  However, this time it is He Himself who calls on His adversaries to pay attention to the works He accomplishes in the Father’s name.  It is an extreme attempt to open a crack in those hearts obstinately closed and hostile, in order to offer them salvation.

 As a Shepherd who guides His flock to green pastures and defends them from rapacious wolves, He goes in search of the lost lamb.  He leaves no stone unturned to reach everyone with His gift of salvation and of love.  But these very prodigies are not enough to awaken those who do not want to see.  They are always asking for ulterior proofs and are always ready to cast stones. 

 Yet the life of every human being is sown with traces of love that speak of a vigilant presence that is both maternal and paternal.  Is not our very being a prodigy, our marvelous body, our capacity to think?  What can we say of the harmony in creation, of the laws that regulate its rhythms, of the dynamism inherent in the most infinitesimal particle?  Each one of us can also perceive in their life the silent imprints that speak of a nearness.  We need to open our eyes and not take everything for granted.  Love, not even God’s love, is normally cloaked in noisy, showy gestures.  Only the heart disposed to love can perceive the persuasive call behind the renewed prodigy of a gift that is scattered in the most humble and hidden daily life.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will recall the many signs of God’s presence in my life.  I will name them and renew my gratitude for them.

 Lord Jesus, help me to live in Your presence, You who are eternally present.  Grant that I may recognize the signs of Your tenderness at every moment and give You praise for them.

 The voice of Paul Coelho, Brazilian Poet and Author

 God is here, now, beside us.  We can see Him in this fog, on this earth, in these clothes, in these shoes.  It is enough to look around to find God.

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