Posted by: livingscripture | March 11, 2012

Third Sunday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“I, the Lord, am your God.”

                          Exodus 20: 1                                                                                              

How should we live this Word

The liturgy of this third Sunday of Lent leads us once again to the foot of Mt.Sinai, the mountain of the most vivid epiphany in the history of God’s people.  Just like the pilgrim people in the desert, desirous of reaching the Promised Land, we too need to hear God’s voice once again so that our journey may have direction and a goal.

What is the goal that today’s Word indicates?  “I, the Lord, am your God.”  This is where we are called, to remain in His presence, to abide in the absoluteness of His Lordship.  It is a Lordship characterized by love and not force, by freedom and not constriction.  Dwelling in God is the highest possibility of our existence.

The Word also indicated the direction to follow to reach the goal – love toward our neighbor and a healthy love for ourselves.  When we recognize God’s lordship over our life and we live in His intimate presence, we act as He acts toward us, with love, gentleness, and freedom.  We do not domineer, take advantage of, we are not possessive, and we do not raise our hand to harm or to kill.

This is the promise of the Decalogue that Jesus Himself has re-proposed, condensing it into the two great commandments of love.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will re-read the text of the first reading and I will let the Ten Commandments echo in my heart.

Praise to You, Lord, because you invite me into intimacy with You and You indicate the way to me – reciprocal love. 

The voice of Romano Guardini, Mystic and Author 

Lord, let me know who You are.  Let my heart feel the holiness that is in You.  Let me see the glory of Your face.  From Your being and Your Word, from Your actions, and Your plan, help me to arrive at the certainty that truth and love are at hand to save me.

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