Posted by: livingscripture | February 3, 2012

Fourth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody.  When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him.”

                                         Mark 6: 20                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

Herod’s fear was more a sentiment of admiration for a person he sensed to be superior to him.  Two kinds of arrogance were at work in Herod’s life, that of power and that of luxury. John, instead, was just and holy.  These latter are the two qualities of life that question the Christian of every time and place.  Justice is the way of relating to ourselves, to God, and to our neighbor.  Holiness is living in depth, respect and grateful love for God who has gifted us with existence, and in Jesus Christwho has redeemed us from sin, the real evil.

People who are holy and just are humble, perceiving their limits, but not overcome by them.  They are full of courage and ardor toward the good, the true, and the beautiful.  They are model human beings, keeping time and eternity ever before them as they give glory to God and draw the esteem of others.  Even persons of dubious ethics who, likeHerod, may occupy prestigious positions in society, feel attracted to a person who is just and holy.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will examine the status of my Christian life.  Do I daily seek to be just and holy, humbly asking Our Lord for the grace be an authentic Christian?

Lord, make me into a person who follows the dictates of conscience, illumined by faith.  Help me to be just and holy in the power of Your Word, for Your glory and the good of all.

The voice of S. E. Chrisostomos Konstantinidis, Metropolitan of Ephesus

Holiness is not the fruit of human choice.  It cannot be evaluated using human criteria, nor established with human procedures.  Holiness belongs to God.  Saints are people of God.


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