Posted by: livingscripture | May 24, 2010

Eighth Monday of Ordinary Time Feast of Mary Help of Christians

From the Word of the Day

 Jesus, looking at him, loved him…

                                               Mark 10: 21

 How should we live this Word

 Who knows what emotions are aroused when looking into Christ’s eyes, being penetrated by them and feeling illumined by His light!  Who knows how many of us have read this passage and thought that if we were in the young man’s place, we would not have let the occasion pass to follow the Teacher, cost what it may.  A good Christian would never have done this, right?

 And yet, the price seemed too high for that man who aspired to perfection.  Even he was a ‘good Christian’!  For us as well, the price may often seem too high and we ask how God could ask it of us.  We forget that He makes us capable of corresponding to the call and of loving Him as He has loved us.  If we would allow Him to look at us and if we were not ashamed to let Him heal us or clean all that mars His divine image in us, our life would be very different.  Conversion means leaving, sharing, and separating ourselves from something.  We must leave our poverty in the awareness that the one true wealth is Jesus, the Son of God, who came to give us the Spirit.

 It seems clear from Jesus’ words that we will not be judged on the evil we have done but on the good we have neglected to do.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let Jesus’ gaze penetrate the depths of my being where He will have a very personal invitation for me.

 Lord Jesus, grant me a simple and trustful heart.  I trust in You.

 The voice of John Bosco, the saint of young people

 In order to be dear to Mary Help of Christians, we must honor Her Son.  I will show you how to do this.  You need to frequent the holy sacraments, receive Holy Communion as often as possible, and if you cannot, make spiritual communions.  Then you need to attend Mass and visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, assist at Benediction, do works of charity in honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ, because the Lord is pleased with those who practice charity.


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