Posted by: livingscripture | October 28, 2010

Thirtieth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.

                  Ephesians 2: 19               

How should we live this Word 

St. Paul, who is enamored of Christ and whose life has been fully grasped by Him, holds only one thing of importance, that of making the Ephesians and us aware of our splendid identity.  He begins by saying that which we are not, ‘neither strangers nor sojourners’, persons who require attention and care but without any deep ties of intimacy.  Then Paul reveals to our heart that which we really are, “fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of God’s household.” 

Often people’s imagination sees saints as those with a halo, who have a rosary or a novena of propitiation to get the grace you seek, cure for a sick person or success in a civil suit with a neighbor or other like things.  However, saints are quite different, fortunately!  They are persons who have journeyed like us with their feet planted on the earth but whose eyes of the heart are in heaven.  They are not ones who paid the ‘tax’ of Sunday Mass but those who believed themselves immensely loved.  Yes, at life’s end, we will be asked if we have learned to love with a vibrant heart and with hands doing good or if we have impeded love like a rusty key in a key hole. 

To be of God’s household means precisely this, to learn, day after day, to love everyone, to do good to everyone, with a joyful heart symbolized by a bird that flies high in the sun.                                                             

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will look at myself in the mirror of the Word.  I will ask myself, ‘Am I content to be called to a holy life?  Do I live in intimacy with God?  

Lord, You are more intimate to me than I am to myself.  Render me ever more aware of this and help me live its consequences.

The voice of Blessed Mother Mary Candid of the Eucharist

Holiness is love.  It is correspondence to grace.  It is victory, the victory over the world and ourselves.  It is Jesus’ ideal for us.

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