Posted by: livingscripture | January 19, 2012

Second Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Saul was jealous of David.”

                                   1 Samuel 18: 9                                                                                             

How should we live this Word

The first reading of today’s Liturgy offers us interesting suggestions during this week of prayer for Christian unity.  Both Saul and David have much in common, but something is awry and the hoped for unity is dashed right from the start.  It is the insidious presence of evil spoken of in Genesis.  ‘Sin has crouched at your door.  Its instinct is toward you, but you must dominate it’ (Cf. 4: 7).    Saul and David are both chosen to lead Israel.  Both of them have been anointed and the Spirit has come upon them.  That they have the Spirit’s holy anointing does not free nor preserve us from our limitations: we do not become immune from sin.  We find Saul eaten by jealously because David’s grand victory has aroused immense praise.  David had exposed his life for the salvation of Israel.  It is the beginning of a tortuous journey that will see the ‘two consecrated to the Lord’ on opposing roads.  One will pursue the other.  They are both marked by the name of the God who is by nature communion, and yet they are divided.

This scandal is perpetuated in history.  Baptized in the name of the one God, marked by the same seal of the Spirit, wounded members of the one Body, today we Christians discover ourselves so close and yet so divided.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will question myself on the resonance that this discourse has in me about communion in the Christian community.  Do I live it as something that regards me personally?  Do I suffer it as a wound that lacerates the Mystical Body of which I am a member?  Am I convinced that the root of this disunion is to be sought in my heart first of all?

God the Father, Lord of peace, forgive the sin of division in Your Church, the Body of Christ.  Give us the courage to seek the unity that is Your gift and Your will, wherein we find our peace. 

The voice of the Ecumenical Movement

As we pray and work for full and visible unity of the Church, we, and the traditions to which we belong, will be changed, transformed, and conformed to the image of Christ.  Christians intend to struggle together, without triumphalism, in all humility, in the service of God and our brothers and sisters, following the example of Jesus Christ.  As we tend toward unity, this is the attitude we desire to ask from God all together.  

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