Posted by: livingscripture | September 17, 2011

Twenty Fourth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“I charge you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony…to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

1 Timothy 6: 14

How should we live this Word

We are at the beginnings of the Church and still very close to the historical event of Christ and yet already there appear the first heresies and distortions. There are those who make no scruple about diffusing their own mental elucidations as absolute truth. Others try to profit from their positions in the Church to take care of their own personal interests by exploiting the good faith of others. Paul seeks to warn about these rapacious wolves that destroy God’s sheepfold.

This is the context of today’s passage. Thus we can understand his words, ‘I charge you…’ which can also be translated with, ‘I beg you.’ This permits us to intuit what the apostle is feeling, a mixture of displeasure, of preoccupation, of the desire to stop that evil wave.

Turning to Timothy, whom he has left to guide the Church at Ephesus, he exhorts him to guard with integrity the ‘commandment’, the evangelical precept and the style of life it inspires. This will not happen without suffering given the circumstances, but a glance at the behavior Jesus assumed before Pilate will infuse courage even in the timid Timothy.

This exhortation is very opportune even today in a society without scruples that delights to fish in muddy waters and create confusion and disorientation. Especially today there is the urgent need of witnesses who allow Christ to shine through the purity of their lives.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will feel these words addressed to me and I will let them question me, asking for the courage and strength to be coherent in my faith.

Lord, conquer my hesitations and my cowardice. Make me Your courageous witness, You who are Life-Truth-Way!

The voice of St. Louis Orione

We must cast aside the works of darkness and clothe ourselves with the armor of light. Then we must do good, good to everyone without distinction of class or party. We must, above all, do good always to the point of sacrificing ourselves. Only then will better days shine on our Country and on the whole world.

 


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