Posted by: livingscripture | January 20, 2012

Second Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“He appointed Twelve, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach.”

                                                  Mark 3: 14-15                                                                                             

How should we live this Word

Today’s reading speaks of the call of the Twelve.  Names and faces follow each other: Peter, Matthew the tax collector, Thomas….    There was so much diversity in the new born Church!  Yet Jesus puts them all together!  Conflicts are not lacking. Those who leave increase and personalities emerge, just think of Paul.  There are heated discussions, taking of positions, but there are never divisions in the apostolic community!

Diversity received and shared gave that community a dynamic face, a capacity to adapt itself, incarnating itself in the various cultures with which it came into contact.  It is a richness that we are called upon today to guard and increase.  The human-divine face of Christ cannot exhaust itself in only one expression.  The reflection of His beauty can be traced everywhere.  Thus it is with profound respect that we are called to guard our sister Churches recognizing in them the Seeds of the Word, of the one Beauty that was pleased to reveal Himself to all peoples.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will examine my gaze on the Church and on the sister Churches.  Do I look at them with indifference?  Do I nourish prejudices?  Do I fear an openness that may disturb my faith which is perhaps a bit rigid?

Lord God, teach us to accept with humility that unity is a gift of Your Spirit.  Through this gift, change and transform us more and more into the image of Your Son Jesus Christ. 

The voice of the Ecumenical Movement 

Prayer for Christian unity is not an optional accessory of Christian life, but on the contrary, it is the heart.  The last commandment the Lord left us before completing His redemptive offering on the Cross, is that of communion among His disciples, of their unity as He and the Father are one, that the world might believe.


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