Posted by: livingscripture | November 12, 2011

Thirty Second Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“The cloud overshadowed the camp; and out of what had before been water, dry land was seen emerging: out of the Red Sea an unimpeded road.”

                                                    Wisdom 19: 7          

How should we live this Word


These words from the Book of Wisdom evoke the crossing of the Red Sea.  They are very appropriate for the situation of the nations today as well for the whole of humanity.  We are in danger of a global crisis that will not exclude any sector, making us experience total limitations and impotence.  As Israel was imprisoned between the clutches of the Egyptian army and the sea, we too witness both anguish and aggressiveness growing, added to the drama of terrorism that we are now living.  Is this the prelude of an irreparable tragedy or the reminder to raise our head to re-discover the strength to take up the way again by finding the right road and the meaning of our journey?  Precisely when everything seemed lost, Israel obeyed the order to cross the Red Sea and saw an unthinkable road open up before them.  That which had been a mortal danger, became a protection, almost a natural wall that traced out the path.

This truth is often documented in history.  It is sometimes necessary to touch bottom in order to convince ourselves that our road is a dead end.  However, we can resolve this by changing our direction.  We do need people like Moses who did not allow himself to be intimidated by the uncontrolled reaction of the crowd.  He had the courage to be God’s spokesperson and enter first into the turbid and tumultuous waters that generate panic.  Witnesses are needed who, with the ascendency of a coherent and dedicated life, know how to impose a new direction on history as did St. Francis in his time.   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will see how I can be a witness who lights the way for others where I live and work.


Lord, free me from the temptation to line up with those who moan over the situations that we are living.  Rather, make me a witness of Your love which never abandons those who have the courage to labor in Your name.

The voice of Bishop Oscar Romero


Especially in these times of confusion, psychoses, collective anguish, I want to be a messenger of hope and joy.  Above the tragedies, the blood, the violence there is a word of faith and hope that says, ‘Yes, there is a way out, there is hope. We can re-build our Country.’  We Christians have a unique power.  Let us profit by it!


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