Posted by: livingscripture | September 7, 2010

Twenty Third Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Everyone in the crowd sought to touch him because power came forth from him and healed them all.

                                                                                                 Luke 6: 1 9                 

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus is at the beginning of His apostolate.  He has just chosen the Twelve after a night of intense prayer on the mountain, the place of His ‘face to face’ with God.  It is the place of the day of Transfiguration when the apostles did not want to descend, ‘It is good for us to be here (Luke 9: 33).  The experience of God is always something that grasps us from within, scintillating sparks of light that break into the day’s grayness.  And yet, the place where we are called to live is not there, in those flashes of light that are indispensible if we are not to lose ourselves in blind alleys.  Jesus Himself concedes them with a certain frequency, especially in the ‘nights’, when it seems that all has been swallowed up in darkness and all is silent.  They are the difficult hours that we all are called to traverse in life.  They are fecund hours that put our fragility and existential poverty before our eyes.  They lead us to desire to ‘touch’ the One who alone can support our weakness and heal our infirmities.  These times urge us to have recourse to God, realizing that He alone counts and in Him alone is our peace.  Once we immerse ourselves in Him, we no longer desire to be detached.  It is precisely then that we recognize the forceful call of Jesus to come out of our night, vivified by our intimate contact with Him and transformed into an apostle.

 He leads us along the path of descent to the valley where others still reel in the darkness, invoking the light and seeking a vivifying encounter with Jesus.  He sends us to them so that we may recount our experience and re-ignite hope in them.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let Jesus’ invitation reach me.  He wants me as His apostle, committed to bringing light to the world.  I will ask in which ‘valley’ I should live my apostolate and what I can actually do.

 Lord, it is good to remain in prayer near You.  Yet this must not become an egotistical enjoyment but rather a moment of ‘recharging’ in order to give myself to You by giving myself for others.

 The voice of Maurice Zundel, Theologian                                             

Books, documents, reasoning can never convince or convert.  What is needed is the light of a life, the radiation of a face, the beating of a heart.  It is the gift of an entire life.

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