Posted by: livingscripture | June 28, 2011

Thirteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Lot hesitated.

                             Genesis 19: 16                                                                

How should we live this Word

A grave catastrophe is about to fall on the depraved cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham’s nephew Lot is a just man.  He had tried in vain to stop the inhabitants of the place from committing evil.  Now he is warned in time and solicited to leave the city with his wife and daughters.  Their very lives are at stake.  And yet, Lot does not hurry to follow the orders.  He hesitates.  He takes his time, uncertain and undecided.  Maybe he is trying to gather his possessions, those most indispensable.  God urges and he dallies.  To think, we are speaking of a just man!

Even those who protest their love and their desire to do God’s will in everything may fall into this temptation.  We want to obey, but we delay, waiting for things to happen or simply lacking the courage to act completely and immediately.  We say it is enough that the situation in which we find ourselves is not sinful and therefore the decision can be delayed.  At the most, it deals with choosing between two goods or things that are indifferent in and of themselves.  We put between parentheses the fact that the one proposing is God and what lies in the balance is our very personhood, called to expand fully, freeing all our potential.  Otherwise we will remain in a chrysalis that fatally can be transformed into a tomb.                                                 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that fear of risking is actually a subtle and corrosive lack of trust in God.  I feel the need to ‘cover my back’ because I feel vulnerable and therefore it is better to protect myself! 

Lord, You have told us, ‘Those who want to save their life will lose it.  But those who lose their life for Your Name and the Gospel will save it.’  (Matthew 8: 35)

The voice of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, Carmelite Mystic

May God arrange all things according to His good pleasure.  I want only what He wants.  I desire only what He desires.


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