Posted by: livingscripture | September 23, 2010

Twenty Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Who then is this about whom I hear such things?

                                                                       Luke 9: 9                   

 How should we live this Word

 Knowledge about Jesus’ ministry becomes more and more widespread and the number of His disciples increases.  The question about Jesus’ identity waxes in intensity.  Even Herod is curious because some say He is Elijah or John the Baptist, or one of the ancient prophets resurrected.  The question must be faced.  Who is Jesus?  Herod had heard about Him and wants to see Him.  But his listening is without understanding and later, during Jesus’ passion, he will see Him up close but still his eyes are unseeing. 

 What is Herod’s problem?  We know he was living in adultery with the wife of his brother.  He had been reprimanded by John the Baptist, whom he imprisoned and decapitated.  But even more than his adultery was Herod’s inability to recognize his sin, justifying himself and killing those who sought to tell him.  In this way, he removed any possibility of conversion and became incapable of recognizing the Lord’s face.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will seek to see the Herod that is in me.  Though I seek to listen to Jesus and see Him, I do not recognize the mystery of Jesus because I do not recognize my sinfulness and therefore I am not disposed to conversion.  ‘We cannot fool God’ (Galatians 6: 7).  He knows my heart and waits for me with much love and mercy.

 Lord, knowing that You love me with an infinite and tender love, help me to see honestly into the center of my heart.  Help me to recognize my sin with the attitude of one who ardently desires to be converted.  Guide me gradually to listen to Your Word and to see You, to enter more fully into Your mystery until I recognize You in the breaking of the bread.

 The voice of Divo Barsotti, Theologian and Mystic

 There is a purification imposed so that our eyes may become capable of seeing better and more.  As long as the eyes are darkened by sin, we cannot see clearly.  However, if we are in Christ, we live the very life of Christ.

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