Posted by: livingscripture | September 22, 2010

Twenty Fifth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases.

                                                                        Luke 9: 1-6                 

 How should we live this Word

 Jesus had already called the apostles one by one to follow Him.  In today’s Gospel, He draws them closer to Himself, sharing with them His own mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God and curing sicknesses with His strength and power.  These twelve Apostles are the community of Jesus, the Church.  They are gathered by Jesus and they gather others in His name.  They are gathered to continue His mission that ends in the Eucharist, prefigured by the food in the desert. Their strength is the power of the Holy Spirit of God that Jesus confers on them.  Thus they are able to oppose the evil one and cure any human sickness that comes from evil.

 Jesus tells them ‘Take nothing for the journey.’  They need not be preoccupied for anything because they have already received everything from Jesus.  By receiving His Spirit, they have been clothed in Him.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on poverty as the condition for following Jesus.  This poverty is the necessary emptiness in order to receive God’s action, to be saved by Him, and to be filled with His life.

 Lord Jesus, I ask you to help me understand and welcome the priest’s words at the moment he mixes some drops of water with the wine.  May the water united with the wine be the sign of our union with the divine life of the One who wanted to assume our human nature.

 The voice of Divo Barsotti, Theologian and mystic

God Himself has become our nourishment and with this nourishment, we finally conquer death.  Death cannot hold in its dominion those who possess in themselves the very life of God.  With the Eucharist, we anticipate the life of Heaven.  In Christ, the definitive reality of the world is present.  He is the new world of God.  Through the Eucharistic sacrament, we enter into this world to live eternal life in Christ here and now.


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