Posted by: livingscripture | September 25, 2012

Twenty-fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

                                                      (Luke 8: 19-21)

                                                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

What good news we are offered today!  We are Jesus’ brothers and sisters if we hear His word and act on it in our daily life.  It is so enthusing and moving to experience a hearty ‘welcome’, fraternal solidarity, belonging to a family by being brothers and sisters in Christ in the ecclesial community, where we rejoice in the Word heard and actualized in our life.

From here flows our fraternity as Christians, our becoming like Jesus, and our deep closeness to God.  Jesus, in revealing this splendid truth to us, reassures us that in listening to and living the Word with simplicity, we become God’s family.  It is an awesome and wonderful certainty.

In times in which we see the social – cultural tendency to destroy the family, and a pessimistic perception of the family is stressed, Jesus challenges us to enter into the mystery of broader community relationships that go beyond blood ties.  Jesus launches a message of profound inclusion.  He provokes us to re-think love, respect, listening that we have found in our experience of church.  He invites us to be courageously proud of our belonging, founded on the very experience of faith.

We are God’s family and co-citizens with the saints!  It is wonderful to know that someone loves us, that there are sisters and brothers who welcome us.  And all this is true because of God’s mysterious choice.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on this reality that calls me to deep communion in the diversity of persons and gifts, in solidarity to build a new world founded on love.

Lord, open my heart to everyone, with compassion and acceptance.  Give me the grace I need to be like You. 

The voice of Abbé Pierre, Witness 

You, who are strong, attend to those who are fragile.  You, who have financial means, notice those who lack them.  There is no choice.  Either we learn to love or we become monsters.

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