Posted by: livingscripture | September 25, 2010

Twenty Fifth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 Pay attention to what I am telling you.  The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.

                                                    Luke 9: 44                  

 How should we live this Word

 As the crowds marvel at the prodigies Jesus performs, He explains to His disciples that His identity as the Son of Man and His salvific mission will be revealed only through suffering and rejection.  This is a harsh truth and Jesus advises them to “pay attention to these words.”  However, they do not immediately understand.  Jesus’ passion radically opposes their logic.  They will understand better only after the resurrection, through the power of the Spirit.  Then they will face the fact that they too must suffer for their faith in Jesus.  But for now, they experience only fear and do not dare to ask Him anything else about this.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will meditate on Jesus’ passion.  God loves me so much ‘that He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not be lost but will have eternal life.’  (John 3: 16)  I too must carry my cross whether it is sickness, contradictions, relational problems, limitations, etc.  I do so confident that I am in God’s company and that He loves me immensely.  All acquires meaning in Jesus’ resurrection.

Lord Jesus, I thank You for all You suffered for me!  Help me to enter more fully into the mystery of God-Love in order to be with You in the sufferings and difficulties of life.

 The voice of Henri Nouwen, contemporary witness

God Himself reveals to us the movement of our spiritual life.  It is not a movement from weakness to strength.  Rather, it is a movement in which we have less and less fear, lowering our defences and opening ourselves more to others and to the world, even when this leads me to suffering and to death.

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