Posted by: livingscripture | October 22, 2011

Twenty Ninth Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.”

                                                                                                Romans 8: 9           

How should we live this Word 

We need not fear or be disturbed by today’s passage.  St. Paul opens before us a horizon where the calming presence of the Spirit dominates.  Both the impossibility of bearing fruit as today’s Gospel reminds us, and the incapacity to persevere in the good that yesterday’s passage of Romans spoke of, are overcome thanks to Christ’s redemptive action.  In the measure that we remain grafted to Him, participating in the vital lymph that is the Holy Spirit, we too can produce fruits of holiness. 

Let us take the presence of the Spirit in our life seriously.  Let us open ourselves docilely to His action so that the desires of the flesh may surrender to His desires.  It means living as God’s children and not as slaves.  Those who identify Christian life with a cold observance of the commandments have suffocated the voice of the Spirit who cries out, “Abbà-Father!”  Does this mean we should reject the commandments?  No, it means we must read them in depth for what they are, the expression of God’s heart who calls us to the fullness of life.  Their observance, adhesion to God’s will be the flowing of this very love, like a returning wave.                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will entrust myself to the action of the Holy Spirit to help me to read the imprint of the Father in me, through the sufferings and joys of life. 


Come, Holy Spirit, possess my life.  Substitute my slave’s heart with a filial heart.  Help me to cry out, Abbà-Father! 

The voice of Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher


God has written His law in our hearts with the Holy Spirit.  This new law is the love that He has effused in our hearts through Baptism, through the Holy Spirit.  It makes us capable of putting the other laws into practice and allows us to walk according to the Spirit, obeying the Gospel.


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