Posted by: livingscripture | September 2, 2012

Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“He summoned the crowd again and said to them, ‘Hear me, all of you, and understand.  Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.  From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts.”

                                               (Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23)


How should we live this Word


God’s provident love offers us a passage that is revolutionary and incredible and a great grace!  Jesus vindicates the primacy of the interior life for our own personal history and for the members of the Church.  In a society where the discomfort of rushing, of efficiency, of immediate pleasure (so often ephemeral), there is the risk of ‘not living’.  It seems you are ‘drinking in’ your days because you work a lot, because you do almost everything that is asked of you.  Yet, all is done in a superficial way that does not satisfy your heart and is not efficacious for others and certainly not for God’s glory!

With the lucidity of one who knows how to love, Jesus warns you, “Appearances do not count”.  The heart generates intentions and free choices.  Some are decisively evil and produce great harm.  It is also true that the heart is the vital seed for good proposals, intentions ordered to well-being.

For the Bible, the heart is the central part of the person where existence is played out as a living being or as the walking dead, vile, and generating evil that explodes onto others.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this reality.

Lord, cure my heart, free it from evil intentions, from the desires of my ego, from every malignity.  Give me a pure heart that is aware of Your indwelling, O most tender Love. 

The voice of Thomas a’ Kempis, Mystic Author

The interior person, before looking to other things, looks within the self, diligently intent on the self, and tends to be silent about others.  Only by being quiet about others, looking especially at oneself, can true and devout interiority be attained.

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