Posted by: livingscripture | November 23, 2010

Thirty Fourth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

All that you see here – the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.

  Luke 21: 6 

How should we live this Word 

At the time of Jesus, the Temple of Jerusalem was renowned for its marvelous solemnity and its artistic and precious ornamentation.  It was the expression of political, economic, and religious power, especially power over others. 

Pharisees, Scribes, and Doctors of the Law, the high class of that time, thought themselves quasi representatives of the divinity itself.  Yet, even with their regarding the Temple as an absolute, Jesus shows Himself to be stupendously free and capable of making its meaning relative because God’s dwelling is not in walls and marvels.  It is also because they must be seen and evaluated in the light of an uncontestable fact, that of the fragility of all earthly things.  History attests to this with its successive civilizations, personages, facts, and things that replace each other.  Even the most majestic monuments, like those of the Egyptian emperors, cannot withstand the test of time.  Eventually they are buried under waves of sand. 

This is a lesson for us in a society dominated by technological power.  We run the risk of becoming alienated within illusions of absolute autonomy, even of time.  Everything passes!  All earthly things deteriorate and die.  However, that which in us is of God, that which burns and gives light like truth, goodness, courage, hope, mercy will never be destroyed.                                                             

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this. 

Jesus, my joy is living with You and of You who are life itself, without ending and full. 

The voice of an anonymous Hindu Sage 

Life is like a bridge.  Cross it but do not plan to build your house on it.

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