Posted by: livingscripture | November 10, 2010

Thirty Second Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

When the kindness and generous love of God our Savior appeared, not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our Savior.

                       Titus 3: 4-6

How should we live this Word

St. Paul states, “We ourselves were once foolish…slaves to various desires and pleasures…hateful ourselves and hating one another.”  The event that revolutionized history was the fact the God’s love for human beings, His tending to the very roots of our perversion, was manifested with the gift of His Son who came to suffer and die for us.  Sometimes we take this for granted or relegate it to the memory of our catechism or some other pious reading that has little to do with the problems we daily face and all the fatigue and oppression that may derive from them.  Here is where the Christian fails.  We adjust ourselves to the mentality of the agnostic, of the materialist; to their pessimism.  Instead, the challenge is to believe deeply that even today, it is precisely from the cross of the Lord Jesus that there flows ‘a bath of regeneration and renewal.’ 

We are not the source of this overflowing new life!  This regeneration and renewal come from the Holy Spirit, the infinite Power of Love.  Jesus Crucified obtains it from the Father through His Paschal Mystery.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will look with renewed faith and trust at this certainty and I will be consoled by it.

Yes, Lord, You do not save me by any works I accomplish.  As soon as I let myself be regenerated and vivified by Your Spirit, there is no more oppression in what I do.  Rather, I am fulfilled by the power of Your Love. 

The voice of St. Cyril of Alessandria, Church Father 

How could we humans on earth, subject to death, return to our integrity?  It was necessary that the dead flesh participate in God’s vivifying power and God’s vivifying power is the Word, His only Son.  Thus, God sent Him to us as our Savior and our Liberator.


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