Posted by: livingscripture | June 8, 2012

Ninth Friday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

                                                   (2Timothy3: 16-17)                                                                                                                                                                       


How should we live this Word 

The Bible is not an easy book.  It is wise to read it with the help of a guide or a trustworthy exegetical commentary that helps us to distinguish the ever actual truth of God’s Word and the literary presentations tied to epochs and anthropological aspects of the recipients to which the authors addressed it over the long arc of history.

Having said this, it is an irrefutable fact that Sacred Scripture is truly the Lord’s Word.  The authors, even with their particular characteristics of human experience and style, are always God’s voice, inspired by Him.  Precisely because it is God and not a human being that we turn to when we read it, the Word teaches, convinces, corrects, and educates to righteousness.  It does all this contemporaneously.

Another thing is needed.  The heart must be open to faith.  We need to read it with the eyes of the heart illumined by the Holy Spirit, and with a docile will to live what the Word says.  Otherwise, the Bible remains a closed book.  At most, it serves to make us erudite but does not help us to live wisely.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will open myself totally to the Holy Spirit so that He may fill me with awe and gratitude for the gift of the Word.

Spirit of light and of love, open me today and always to the Word of God.  Grant that I may receive it with veneration, allowing myself to be taught by it, convinced by it, and corrected by it. 

The voice of Bishop Oscar Romero, Martyr

The Word remains.  This is the great consolation of those who preach it.  My voice will disappear, but the Word who is Christ, remains in the hearts of those who wish to receive it.  Brethren, guard this treasure.  It is not my poor word that sows hope and faith.  I am only the humble resonance of God in these people.

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