Posted by: livingscripture | October 22, 2010

Twenty Ninth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

                                                                 Luke 12: 56                             

How should we live this Word 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is saddened because minds that are intelligent enough to evaluate earthly things are not capable of recognizing the time of the Lord which is ‘the day of salvation’.  This observation is valid for our generation as well.  Jesus was physically present in Galilee and Judea.  He was not known by many but even these had mistaken or at least limited ideas, about His identity and mission. 

Today, Jesus is present among us in a real but mystical way in the Eucharist.  It is the mystery of faith and many do not recognize it.  For those who know it, the Eucharistic Jesus makes us contemporaries of the great mystery of His life, death, and resurrection.  It is an experience to be penetrated ever more deeply in order to know Jesus better, the Son of the living God.  He gives the motivation, the light, and the strength to live well our present, as just persons who know how to discern and judge rightly daily decisions to be in communion with God and with our sisters and brothers.                                                           

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will nourish my desire to grasp Jesus’ presence in my life more deeply.  He is present in the Word, in persons and events, in prayer, in the Eucharist. 

 Lord Jesus, help me to unify my interior and daily life around Your presence so that I may continually grow in my knowledge of You.  Grant that I may be a witness of new life for all those I meet along the way. 

The voice of Divo Barsotti, Theologian and Mystic of our times 

The Eucharist is the sacrament that nourishes us, the daily bread that sustains our soul so that we do not lose our way.  It is the sacrament where Christ gives Himself in an act of love, to become in the fullest sense, one Body with us.  This is realized in the nuptial union, the end the goal of the divine economy, the covenant that He immediately makes with every person.

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