Posted by: livingscripture | March 16, 2012

Third Friday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“I will heal their defection, says the Lord, I will love them freely.”

                                                           Hosea 14: 2            

How should we live this Word 

The Liturgy of the Word for this week is truly rich in invitations to conversion.  The passages of the Old Testament have words anchored in the desire God has for us.  Today, Hosea speaks of a penitential prayer that contains a request for forgiveness as well as some proposals to put into act.  God Himself suggests the words His people should say to ask pardon.  It is very beautiful!  These words are not a list of sins, but the acknowledgement of His Lordship.  “Accept…the praise of our lips.”  The proposals made to us go in the same direction.

Gabrielle Bossis, a contemporary mystic, said that it is enough for God that we turn our glance toward Him and that we whisper His name for Him to hurry toward us like an eagle to its little ones in danger.  He raises us on high in safety.  God cures us of our infidelities.  He loves us deeply.  He gives us dew and shade, listens to us, and watches over us.

We have nothing to fear.  Let us listen to Lent’s invitation and return to our God.  He will not receive us with anger or judgment, but with deep and tender love!

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will picture myself on God’s wings, carried aloft in Him.

No one can save us.  Only with You can we find grace and mercy. 

The voice of Patriarch Atenagoras, a great Prophet

If we disarm ourselves, if we free ourselves from the possession of self, if we open ourselves to God-Man who renews all things, He will cancel out our evil past and give us a new time in which all is possible.

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