Posted by: livingscripture | September 24, 2011

Twenty Fifth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.’ But they did not understand this saying.”

Luke 9: 43-44

How should we live this Word

The crowds and the disciples are all amazed at the extraordinary prodigies that Jesus works through his powerful actions in favor of the people. But it is only to His disciples that Jesus reveals His passion. This is origin of His mission and will bring Him to the impotency of the Cross, the decisive gesture for our salvation. However, even though this is the second explicit announcement of His Passion and death, the disciples do not understand what the Lord is saying. Instead, they react with a hard and conscience closure. They do not understand nor do they want to understand and therefore they do not ask Him about this saying.

Yet, the Passion of the Son of Man is the loving Wisdom of God who passes through poverty, humiliation, and humility. Jesus accepts suffering, rejection, and murder. He thus overcomes evil, the fruit of human foolishness that only seeks possessing, power, and appearance provoking its own death and that of others. Jesus warns us to ‘pay attention’, putting us on guard to do what we have not yet done, placing His word in our ears! This has incredible power because it means we become the Word we listen to because we listen to enters our heart and shapes it.

Jesus proclaims that the Son of Man is about to be handed over. How much love and passion for humans is here! God reveals the greatness of His infinite Love that becomes infinitely small in order to hand Himself over to us. In this way the Cross made by us and carried by Him remains the only possible place of encounter.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself if I feel that the Cross is a power that frees my possibility to love, or am I afraid and thus refuse it in my daily life.

Lord, let Your Word be fully realized in me!

The voice of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Contemporary Prophet

“My God, my God, why have You abandoned Me?” This dramatic experience is the experience of the Son of God. It is the experience of one who loves totally, of one who risks everything, and therefore savors the taste of trial. It is the experience of one who loves much.

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