Posted by: livingscripture | September 28, 2011

Twenty Sixth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

Luke 9: 58

How should we live this Word

Today’s Gospel passage invites to discernment anyone who would want to be Jesus’ disciple. The basic choice is not for one kind of life or another, but rather for a Person, Jesus.

The journey to undertake is of a gradual identification of our spirit to His Spirit. The difficulty arises from the fact that we have our desires and our priorities that are opposed to following Jesus. The first person to address Him says he is ready to follow Him anywhere. Jesus invites him to reflect on what the ‘sequela’ implies. It includes the will to offer oneself and accept poverty, humiliations, rejection, all for the love of God and to collaborate with Christ for the salvation of humankind. The other two present their desire to follow Him but they are affectively attached to their dear ones. Jesus is not interested in discussing the sacredness of human relationships. He emphasizes the primacy of God who demands detachment from all so that one may have a superior and more authentic relationship with others.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect if my will is often divided between the sincere desire to follow Jesus more closely and the fear of losing my personal security: friends, well-being, doing as I like, etc.

Lord Jesus, I am weak! With all my heart I desire eternal life in the heart of the Trinity, but I find it difficult to accept and to use the means at my disposal to live a life that is fully committed to You. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have pity on me!

The voice of St. John Bosco, Founder

All those who saw me going along said, “Don Bosco is always walking on roses! Everything goes well for him!” They did not see the thorns that lacerated my poor feet.

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