Posted by: livingscripture | November 8, 2011

Thirty First Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“God formed man to be imperishable; the image of his own nature he made him.”

                                                        Wisdom 2: 23            

How should we live this Word


The Book of Wisdom refers us directly to Genesis where it describes the origin of humanity’s astounding greatness.  We have become so used to this reality that we give it scant thought and yet, ‘God has made us little less than god and crowned us with glory and honor.’  (Cf. Psalm 8)  We have a ‘constitutional’ greatness and not one that was added on later.  I am ‘God’s image’ in my deepest self.  I exist because this is so and in as much as it is so.

In biblical terms, ‘image’ means presence and not the reproduction of a reality that is somewhere else.  Thus I have within me an essential divine imprint that makes me what I am.  If I attack this, I destroy myself; I introduce into myself a principle of corruption that is death.  The Bible connects it inseparably with sin. 

Instead, by developing all the potential of my being, I become more transparent of God’s light.  “They shall dart about as sparks through stubble.”  This is holiness.  It is the call to become that which I am, my total realization marking me from the moment I was conceived.  My vocation is holiness!                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will consider my greatness and the call to holiness that comes from it.  I cannot, nor do I have the right, to ignore it lightly.  What must I do?


Lord, by calling me into life you have placed in my hands my own precious being.  Help me to make it mature into fullness, into holiness. 

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI


I want to invite all people to open themselves to the action of the Holy Spirit who transforms our life.  In this way we too will be tiles of the great mosaic of holiness that God is creating in history, so that the face of Christ may shine in all its full radiance.

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