Posted by: livingscripture | May 29, 2010

Eighth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day
Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? Answer me.
Mark 11: 30

How should we live this Word

Even today, Jesus enters into the heart of our existence and provokes us. In its essence, the question is this. In your deepest self, do you truly believe in the power of My Word that calls you to conversion? Above all, it is a conversion of mentality.

The Chief Priests and the Scribes, those powerful religious men of Jesus’ time, had mentalities inhabited by anything but right thinking about the humble expectation of the Messiah. Their thoughts centered on themselves, their appearance of goodness and of religiosity, as expected by the crowds. They thirsted for power and money, even though they seemed to be the opposite. But seeming and being are not the same. “If we answer ‘of heavenly origin’, He will say, ‘Then why did you not believe him? But shall we say of human origin?’”

What is real believing if not conversion of heart? The question that the Chief Priests and the Scribes ask Jesus is rooted in their lack of authenticity and bad faith in regard to the Lord. The question Jesus asked of them and asks of us today is, ‘Do you have real faith in Me as the One who saves? And if you believe it, do you make your faith true by converting your heart and your life?’ Conversion means opening our heart in full trust, listening to and living the Gospel. If instead your heart is closed, you impede the flow of true life that comes from Me. Jesus is silent before those who refuse to believe and do not choose to convert their life. How can one speak if the other is not listening? God keeps silence in order to not overwhelm and crush our freedom.
Only those who listen to His Word and live it remain united to Him as the branches on the vine and bring forth much fruit. Their lives are true, good, radiant, and joyful.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will examine my capacity and availability for listening.

Lord Jesus, help me to continually convert my heart that I may be authentic, casting away my masks of appearance and hypocrisy.

The voice of Carlo Carretto, contemporary witness

We too believe in God and pray to Him. Then we convince ourselves that we are great preachers who convert souls. Thus we reduce our prayer for the spread of the Kingdom to something futile, like our petition to an official from whom we expect nothing.

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