Posted by: livingscripture | January 14, 2011

First Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Let us strive to enter into that rest.

                                                                                              Hebrews 4: 11 

How should we live this Word

The Letter to the Hebrews speaks to us of a rest which is offered to us today and from which the Israelites had excluded themselves.  Genesis directs us to read this rest in relation to creation which, in Biblical mentality, has not concluded but continues in time.  Its development goes toward the fullness announced by Jesus in the coming of His Kingdom and realized in Him in His resurrection.

Jesus, the new person, is the true vertex and crown of the entire creation.  Through Him, every person of every generation is called to enter into God’s rest of which the Promised Land is a symbol.  We can accept the invitation or reject it.  The ancient Israelites refused tacitly because they did not have the courage to entrust themselves to Him.  We too are prone to hang on to our false securities rather than the tree of His faithfulness which has never changed. 

A subtle temptation can lead us to transfer this rest into a future opened only by death.  However, the invitation is for the present, “Strive to enter into that rest.”  This is for today, the today of my life that is so fleeting and so determining.  Today I either accept or reject the possibility of entering into this rest, in this fullness of my being in relation with others and with the entire cosmos.  I can be part of the harmony and I am called to build it in anticipation and realization of the Kingdom.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the value of each instant, of every fragment of my life where I can receive and experience God’s rest. 

Lord, grant that I may not fall into the temptation of trusting myself instead of You when I am called upon to commit myself to unknown paths.

 The voice of Lacordaire, French Religious Journalist and Politician

 I go where God brings me, uncertain of myself, but sure of Him.

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