Posted by: livingscripture | March 31, 2010

Wednesday of Holy Week

From the Word of the Day

 The Lord has given me a well trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.  Morning after morning he opens my ear that I may hear; and I have not rebelled, have not turned back.

                                                Isaiah 50: 4-5

 How should we live this Word

 A true disciple of Jesus listens deeply to God’s heart, does not resist, and has no fear of dying for love of Him.  This happened in Jesus’ passion, the man of sorrows, insulted, struck, scourged…but totally given over to love.

 These words of Isaiah emphasize a true initiation to listening to God’s Word.  God Himself opens the interior space of our heart’s ear through the Holy Spirit as we invoke Him.  This passage also refers to the disciple’s attitude of not rebelling and not turning back.  Jesus docilely did this according to the Father’s plan and sustained by Him, He consumed His holocaust of love for all of us.  Yet, we too must begin to live a spiritual life that centers on listening to the Word interiorly and deeply.  Only in this way will we be able to ‘speak to the weary’.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will gaze on Jesus Crucified and Risen as I distance myself from superficiality, preoccupations, and anxieties. 

 Lord grant that I may listen to You!  Grant that Your Word may open my heart to an immense trust in Your mystery of love and that Your love may speak efficaciously to the many discouraged people around me.

 The voice of Andrea Gasparino, master of the spiritual life

 Listening is the heart of prayer because listening is love.  It is in fact awaited by God, by His light, by the will to respond to Him.

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