Posted by: livingscripture | November 8, 2010

Thirty Second Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur.  It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck and he be thrown into the sea…if your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.  And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.

      Luke 17: 1-4 

How should we live this Word 

Jesus is severe with those whose actions are contrary to God’s will and give scandal to others, placing a serious obstacle in the way of the weak.  And yet, the very same Jesus expresses a very strong love with His demand for pardon.  It is precisely this contrast that speaks to us in today’s Gospel. 

In fact in our daily life, we are instinctively tempted to overturn the way of being proclaimed by the Lord.  It often happens that we are unaware that our actions are totally centered on ourselves, what is to our interest, our advantage.  We seldom think that our behavior is wrong, that it does evil, that it is an obstacle on the road of the weakest, who receive a negative impression.  What’s more, we excuse ourselves by saying, ‘there is nothing to be scandalized about!’  On the contrary, if we are personally touched by offensive words or attitudes, how easily our harshness explodes.  ‘My dignity has been offended.  You will pay for this!’  With difficulty the light of Christian forgiveness makes progress within us.                                                             

Today as I pause for silent contemplation I will open my heart to the Spirit Love so that I may see my interior life clearly.  In this way, I will not remain in a vision ‘according to the flesh’.

Lord, grant that I may seek You and the strength to overcome my ego so as to see, breathe, and live the truth of love. 

The voice of Gaudium et Spes 

One of the gravest errors of our times is the separation between the faith professed and daily life.  Already in the Old Testament, the prophets had vehemently admonished the people against this and Jesus Himself did even more.


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