Posted by: livingscripture | March 8, 2012

Second Thursday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord.  He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green.  In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.”

                                     Jeremiah 17: 7-8                                                                                           

How should we live this Word

Jeremiah speaks to us again today with his words that are rays of light on a dark horizon.  He speaks of heat and drought, unfavorable conditions that do not however compromise the fruitfulness of a life rooted in God.  No one’s existence is guaranteed to be free from adversity.  In fact, difficulties are not punishments reserved for sinners, but are the limitations of our humanity.  Nor can we always consider them as negative realities.  Strong personalities are forged by trials and suffering.

Here, Jeremiah looks beyond.  What is in play here is not merely self realization but rather the fullness of the dream God has for us, a fecundity that makes us like our Creator.  Our full development springs from the divine blessing that goes back to the creative act itself.  It is rooted in that moment when God’s pleased gaze fell upon the first human couple and declared them radically good.

In the measure in which we remain in the light of this dream, placing all our confidence in God, we too are blessed by this benediction that guarantees its full and free expansion.  Our ‘leaves will remain green’ and we will bring forth an abundance of fruit because our roots continue to be irrigated by the living water of the Holy Spirit, the absolute principle of all fruitfulness.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will verify if my confidence is based on an uninterrupted contact with the Holy Spirit who dwells in me.

Lord, water me with the vivifying waves of Your Spirit so that my life may not become arid in the insane attempt to draw upon puddles that cannot quench.

The voice of Guglielmo of Saint-Thierry

When the invoked Spirit comes, He arrives with an abundance of God’s blessings.  In fact, He is an over flowing river that rejoices the city of God.  (Psalm 45: 5)


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