Posted by: livingscripture | September 4, 2010

Twenty Second Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Even if you should have countless guides to Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel.

1 Corinthians 4: 15

 How should we live this Word

 The people of Corinth were not very refined!  With his usual honesty, St. Paul scolds them because they are anything but grateful to him and they have caused him suffering and disappointment.  Thus, he makes them face the truth.  The Apostle does not keep silent through false humility.  He uses irony and bitter language to make them aware that they have revealed themselves presumptuous, uncaring, and boastful, just the opposite of their teacher.

 What is most striking in Paul’s admonition is its conclusion which lacks any words of severe judgment or resentment but is an affirmation full of love.  The educators of those times were called pedagogues, persons worthy of esteem.  But in the intensity of his statement, Paul goes well beyond this type of nobility, because he attributes to himself the right to be called their father.  Why?  The response is eloquent.  He has given them life in Christ; through Him and His grace, he has generated them!

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that any spiritual accompaniment is valid if I live it with Christ Jesus; if in Him and like Him, I ‘generate life’.  This means paying the price that is neither easy nor painless.

 Lord Jesus, grant that I may live watching how You have lived and died in order to learn from You the fruitfulness of love.

 The voice of Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov                                              

Love every human being without ever expecting anything in return.  Help them; illumine them.  This is what you must learn to do spontaneously, exactly as the sun shines, as the waters flow, as the birds sing, as the flowers bloom, and as the trees bear fruit.

It matters not if you are seen.  This is the work that must be done.  This is the real sacrifice that Jesus taught us.

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