Posted by: livingscripture | February 24, 2012

Friday after Ash Wednesday

From the Word of the Day

“Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?”

                                           Matthew 9: 15                                                                                              

How should we live this Word 

Jesus’ question in today’s Gospel reveals a fundamental truth of the Christian spiritual life:  God is with us!  From the moment of the Incarnation, Jesus, God/Man, entered into human history to heal it and divinize it.  God made Himself like us to make us like Him!

During His life on earth, Jesus favored the table as the place of familiar encounter with people and in this context He began dialogs of conversion and of understanding life.  Then He chose to remain as the Bread of Life to feed His disciples of every age.  For this reason, the disciples do not have a motive for fasting.  The Spouse is with them and remains with us today, although in a different, but no less real, way.  When we have Jesus with us, there is no need to fast.

However, since our being with Him is not yet in its fullness, fasting becomes a way to deny something to ourselves in order to concentrate our heart on Him, placing ourselves in readiness and in listening.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will spend some time before Jesus in the Eucharist and I will ask Him to satisfy my hunger for Him.

Satiate me with Yourself, my Lord Jesus.  Grant that I may sit at Your table with a pure and grateful heart. 

The voice of Bishop Felice of Molfetta 

Taken together, the meal adds a typically human note to the act of nourishing ourselves because it makes it an element of conviviality.  Eating with others, drawing from the same source of life, confers on this conviviality another social and spiritual value, by manifesting our unity of origin and our solidarity.

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