Posted by: livingscripture | June 13, 2010

Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.

                                            Galatians 2: 20

 How should we live this Word

 Paul was thrown from his horse by the power of Christ crucified and risen, and converted from his ferocious will to persecute the Christians.  Now he is completely grasped by Him and totally dedicated to His cause.  From persecutor, he has become ‘alter christus’, with Christ and for Christ, a collaborator in the joy of many sisters and brothers.  Well could he affirm, “I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me.”  Here Paul explains how this happened to him and teaches us how we can be Christians in fact and not only in name, true followers of Jesus. 

 We must live ‘in the flesh’, according to what is proper to our human nature with its opportunities, the duties of one’s state in life and of one’s work.  All this is not diminished or minimized by faith.  Rather, everything takes on depth, meaning, and transformation if it is lived in faith.  It is faith in Jesus, in all He revealed of the mystery of an infinite love that is not generic but personal.  Jesus gave Himself for me, as St. Paul says in reference to himself, but he says it in regard to me as well!  This can be said of every person whom God loves individually and who are unique and unrepeatable.  Believing this leads to the joy of deepening this discovery more and more each day.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask to burn with love.  If this great truth of my faith becomes faith lived daily, it will vivify all my thinking, feeling, working.  

 Lord Jesus, You loved me and gave Yourself for me.  Do not allow my life to become ashes before You.  Take me as I am.  Set me afire with Your love and let me be in some way, Your prolongation..

 The voice of Bishop Tonino Bello, Holy Pastor

 Those who accompany us on our journey will turn their gaze to Christ only if the perfume of the Gospel emanates from our life.

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