Posted by: livingscripture | January 19, 2011

Second Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”  He stretched it out and his hand was restored.

                                                       Mark 3: 5 

How should we live this Word 

Since Jesus is the Father’s gift of love for the salvation of all, He always effuses His magnanimity.  There are no feasts or ordinary days for God.  His Love always gives itself.  Thus, Jewish rigidity in regard to the Sabbath does not come from God.  Whether it is the Jewish Sabbath, the Christian Sunday, or any other religion’s day, it cannot justify abstaining from love, caring, visiting, feeding whoever is in need.  However, a choice made in the name of a religious faith can lead to indifference, closure, and the rejection of another, of whatever race.  When this happens, it is adultery for any faith and religion!                                                            

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask for the Holy Spirit’s light to uproot all egotistical tendencies and prejudices towards others, be they near or far, of whatever religion.  I will ask myself if I am a racist or self-righteous in the name of my faith. 

Lord Jesus, free me from all egoism so that I may be open to the sound of Your voice in gestures of universal fraternity.   

The voice of Carlo Carretto, witness 

I, a little human creature, have been called to be transformed into God through participation.  What transforms me is the charity that God has infused into my being.

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