Posted by: livingscripture | September 28, 2010

Twenty Sixth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 The disciples James and John asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”  Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

                                                            Luke 9: 54-56               

 How should we live this Word

 In order to delve into the heart of Jesus’ behavior, we need to grasp the intensity of the events described at the beginning of today’s Gospel passage.  The life of Our Lord Jesus is nearing completion of the mystery of love that impels Jesus to take the road to Jerusalem with firm decision  and in full awareness of what is about to happen.  According to the planned itinerary, He should go through some Samaritan villages.  Due to disagreements on the interpretation of the Law, they are bitter enemies of those who live in Jerusalem.  They go so far as to deny Jesus and His disciples to stop in their midst because they are headed toward an enemy city.  James and John, who with Peter are the closest disciples of Jesus, are enraged at this lack of regard for their Teacher.  They ask Him if it isn’t the case to invoke heavenly fire to punish them.

 The text reports that ‘Jesus rebuked them.’  In the text of another evangelist we find these words as well, ‘You do not know of which spirit you are.’  The entire episode is a scene of life that helps me to take myself in hand.  In an epoch such as ours where all our hurrying and efficiency generate unending conflict, it is easy for me to give in to anger, to impassioned reproof beyond measure.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask for peace and gentleness.

 Lord Jesus, meek and humble of heart, I will never stop asking You to make my heart life Yours.

 The voice of Gandhi, witness of non-violence

I believe in the message of Truth given by all the religious teachers of the world.  And it is one of my constant prayers, never to have a thought of anger against my persecutors, even if I would fall victim to an assassin’s bullet.  I would want to give up my soul with the remembrance of God on my lips.  I would be content to be reviled as an imposter if at the last moment my lips would pronounce a word of anger or of insult against my aggressor.


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