Posted by: livingscripture | June 23, 2011

Twelfth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in Heaven.

                                      Matthew 7: 21                                                                 

How should we live this Word

Some years ago GiovanniVannucci wrote that there is a religiosity of babble, “There was a flood of water at the time of Noah.  Today there is a flood of words.”  In the fields of information, of economy, of social-cultural initiatives, and even at times in religion, there is a overflow of words, of gratifying suggestions for living.  This is the specific field of publicity.  However, it has become a superfluity of words invading every area of our existence.   Because of this, it is easy to go into a crisis when we seek  some silence in order to find ourselves and listen to God’s Word telling us of the need to do God’s will. 

A young person recently asked me, “How do I find God’s will for me?”  I told Him that the Lord has already spoken to him through the Ten Commandments, telling him what to do and what to avoid.  He has spoken of the rapport to have with others, through a gratuitous love that leads to freedom.  You can even go beyond this by leaving your plans aside and putting the riches of who you are and what you have at the service of the Kingdom.                                                 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will relax in a silent place.  I will pray and invoke the Holy Spirit who is the teacher of truth.  I will ask Mary, God’s Mother, to help me.  Then I will listen to the Gospel in order to understand God’s will for me.  I will remain in peace, the sign of God’s presence in me. 

 Speak Lord.  Your servant is listening!

The voice of Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi

In all things, leave concern for your reputation aside and internally seek only to be conformed to the most holy divine will.

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