Posted by: livingscripture | March 7, 2012

Second Wednesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“Come; let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.  It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests, nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets.  And so let us destroy him by his own tongue; let us carefully note his every word.”

                                         Jeremiah 18: 18                                                                                            

How should we live this Word

When the heart closes in obstinate attachment to evil, nothing can open it.  Without scruples, it removes all remembrance of the good received and seeks to silence uncomfortable voices, replacing them with others that are more pleasant and re-assuring.

We hear this in Jeremiah’s anguished cry.  He is totally consecrated to God and His Kingdom and to the good of the nation, but he is rejected by the people.  They do not intend to modify their negative behavior in discord with the covenant that binds them to Yahweh.  His position is not easy to sustain.  He is threatened on one side by those who want to suppress him.  However, he is also consumed by the ardent fire of the Word that has been entrusted to him to announce in all its extreme but salutary harshness.  He cannot remain silent, even if he is killed for it.

This is the uncomfortable position of anyone who intends to live the faith without compromises.  Many times, it is not about a verbal announcement but about behavior that distances us from the crowd.  It can be seen as a reproof arousing consciences that do not want to be awakened.  Today, as yesterday, we cannot pull back out of cowardice.  Our task is to be light that shines for all to see so no one will trip or remain tangled in the nets of those who wish to impede the journey to the fullness of life for which all yearn.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself what kind of Christian I am.  Do I feel the urgency of witnessing limpidly and clearly to restore the values that give meaning to life?

Lord, through Baptism You have consecrated me as Your prophet that I might incarnate Your Word, the only authentic source of life.  Sustain me with Your Spirit that I may always have the courage to announce it, even when it is inconvenient. 

The voice of St. Polycarp, Apostolic Father

Let us abandon the vanity of the people and false doctrines.  Let us return to the Gospel Word transmitted to us from the beginning.

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