Posted by: livingscripture | November 25, 2010

Thirty Fourth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.  Luke 21: 28

How should we live this Word 

Coming at the end of today’s Gospel, this expression is like a window of blue in a sky where the clouds have suddenly been scattered.  The worrisome clouds could be the description of the last events of history.  Just as worrisome could be the clouds that accumulate in our interior or in our life.  Added to this is the news of the means of communication, too often diffused by sources that are closely tied to the interests of world economic imperialism.  They compete in inciting fear and anxiety.  Thus it happens that in an epoch in which technology pretends to make us ever more autonomous, in reality we are often enslaved by nightmares of even cosmic dimensions.  It is precisely in this context that we need to let today’s liberating Word resound in us. 

We need to rise from our discouragement, pessimism, from all that foments depressive tendencies.  We need to raise our heads toward the light of faith that is the presence of Jesus Crucified and Risen in today’s history.  The Lord Himself tells us that if we are faithful to His Word, listening to it and putting it into practice, this daily contact will gradually lead us to discover the truth.  This basic truth is the persuasion that takes us by the hand into history and frees us here and now.                                                           

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will gaze with faith filled eyes on the nearness of total freedom and I will pray:

Lord Jesus, my strength, my shield, my liberator, make me an instrument of hope and of peace.

The voice of Primo Mazzolari, Priest

Hope is not an empty tomb.  It is Jesus who lives in the Father and in every creature that hungers and thirsts and is naked or homeless, sick or in prison.


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