Posted by: livingscripture | September 10, 2012

Twenty-Third Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“For our Paschal Lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.  Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”

                                                       (1 Cor. 5: 1-8)                                                                                                                                                                            

How should we live this Word 

Today’s Liturgy gives us a passage that can prove to be uncomfortable and provoke various reactions.  It can be that of the spiteful judge regarding others, who easily ends in an unconscious hypocrisy.  It can become a motive of rejection, almost as though Paul exaggerates and ends up falling into an anti-Christian attitude…the sinner must be understood and helped!

Certainly, Jesus never condemned any sinner.  He bent over them, frequented their homes, and declared He had come precisely for them.  However, He came to free them from their slavery to sin and not to caress their chains.  Only truth can make us free, as Jesus told us.

People today are in dire need of finding the courage and credibility to return to open themselves to authentic values, leaving behind the disorientation and confusion that victimizes them.  This is the greatest and most authentic charity, a charity aligned with truth!  Obviously all this must be done tactfully and respectfully, without judging and condemning, reminding others of our human dignity even before our Christian dignity.

For believer, there is an added motive.  The Paschal Mystery of Christ is present today in history, with its joyous announcement of newness of life that is given us and in which we are to show forth God’s image.  We are children of a God who is rich in mercy and forgiveness and loves us so much that He does not want us to end up in the tragic lot of the prodigal son.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will let myself be questioned by Jesus who wants me to be a courageous witness of truth in charity.

Lord, teach me to have truth within myself so that I may not take on the attitude of a spiteful judge nor that of a pitiful doctor who caresses but does not cure wound, and much less, of one who silences his conscience, absolving himself while he absolves others. 

The voice of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Martyr 

Brothers and sisters, when we preach the Lord’s Word, we not only denounce social injustices.  We denounce every sin that is night – that is darkness:  drunkenness, usury, adultery, abortions.  May all that is of the kingdom of iniquity and sin 

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