Posted by: livingscripture | October 20, 2010

Twenty Ninth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.

                    Luke 12: 39                   

How should we live this Word 

Today’s Gospel speaks of two visits, that of the Lord and the other of Satan who, ‘like a roaring lion goes around seeking someone to devour’ (1 Peter 5, 8).  As yesterday, the theme is about watchfulness because we are in the time of salvation and, while we are still alive, there is always the opportunity for conversion. 

Jesus exhorts us to be on the alert for Satan who seeks with every means at his disposal to enter into our hearts and make us fall into many vices.  He wants to lead us to act like drunks and gluttons and end up by doing violence to others without caring about God.  Instead, we are to be wise.  Knowing the will of our Lord God, we seek to listen to His word and make our life adhere to it.  Together with the Word, the Eucharist permits us to live each hour of our existence in the light of the Paschal Mystery, the Kingdom of God.                                                            

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will feel myself called to take note of all that I have received from the Lord.  ‘Those to whom much has been given, much will be asked.  Those, to whom much has been entrusted, will be asked for much more.’

Lord Jesus, I need to revive my heart, its fire of love for You, to move me to a more committed life.  I thank You for the gifts I have received and I promise to guard them responsibly and make them multiply for the good of others. 

The voice of Divo Barsotti, theologian and mystic of our times 

The entire life of a Christian, all activity can be a journey of holiness if docile to the Spirit.  In this way, it can and should be an exercise of a priesthood of service for others and for the salvation of the world.  The Christian is never dispensed from this mission and can never abdicate it.


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