Posted by: livingscripture | September 27, 2011

Twenty Sixth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.”

                  Luke 9: 51

How should we live this Word

In today’s Gospel, Jesus decisively takes the road to Jerusalem. This journey marks His return to the Father who had sent Him to accomplish the mission of humankind’s salvation. Jesus had chosen the twelve to associate them to His mission and gradually to know the mystery of His identity. In the first part of his Gospel, Luke shows how Jesus trains them to listen to the Word not only with the ears of their body but those of their heart. After the Transfiguration, He gives pre-eminence to the Gospel as the Way to follow to reach the contemplation of the Son as equal to the Father.

In this passage, like many prophets and John the Baptist himself, Jesus must face rejection. In this instance, it is the refusal of a Samaritan village because He is on the way to Jerusalem. The apostles are indignant at this insult. They do not understand that even these villagers refuse a Jesus who shows Himself to be vulnerable when He speaks to them of His passion and death. They are still dreaming of a powerful and victorious Messiah. They do not understand a God who becomes flesh to live among humans in humble service, to the point of giving His life for them. It will take the washing of the feet at the Last Supper, the crucifixion, and the resurrection to make them see this. ‘Who is Jesus?’ For James and John, the villagers need to be violently punished. But Jesus reproves them. Zeal without discernment is against the Spirit and destroys instead of building. They then walk on to share with other Samaritan villages.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself if I really know Jesus. Am I blocked from knowing Him in His deepest reality? If I know Jesus as the Son of the Living God, I can follow Him trustfully even along the road that leads to Jerusalem and beyond. I will not allow my limited nature to block me; rather I will open myself always more to His unlimited mercy.

Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see in God’s littleness Your true greatness. Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit!

The voice of John Henry Newman

Do not look to see if the road is narrow and difficult, but only where it leads.

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