Posted by: livingscripture | November 15, 2011

Thirty Third Tuesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes, a man of advanced age and noble appearance, was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork.  But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement, he spat out the meat and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture.”

                                     2 Maccabees 6: 18-19                                                                                        

How should we live this Word

 

This episode of the second Book of Maccabees regards the revolt of these people against the provocative impositions of the Seleucids toward the Israelites in 200 B. C.  Eleazar was an elderly, dignified person, full of faith.  He was being forced to betray the holy laws in order to obey the king.  There were those who wished to save him from death because he was much esteemed.  They suggested that he fake obedience to the king by eating another type of meat that looked like pork.  Eleazar refuses for two noble reasons.  He is a person of integrity and honesty and cannot accept duplicity.  He also does not want to run the risk of giving bad example to others, above all to the young people who could have believed that he had given in to the king. 

Today we find it hard to understand the motives for his death because our faith does not impose observances tied to the exclusion of certain foods.  However, we must appreciate his ideal motives for which he preferred to die rather than betray and scandalize. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord for the courage to live fully my faith choices even when they are costly.  I will ask for the grace to give to others, especially the young, a witness of honesty.

 

Lord, be at my side at each moment of my life so that I may always remain true to You and to Your Word.

The voice of Kahlil Gibran, Poet

 

Who can ever separate faith from actions, belief from daily life?  Who can dispose of time saying, ‘This is for God.  This is for me?’  All your hours, all your life must be a coherent wing vibrating towards on High.

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