Posted by: livingscripture | October 3, 2012

Twenty-Sixth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“As Jesus and His disciples were proceeding on their journey, someone said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’  Jesus answered him, ‘Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head’.”  (Luke 9: 57-58)


How should we live this Word

That person was probably a young man, if not in years, certainly in his heart.  He was drawn by Jesus’, by the value of a person who is fully human and at the same time, divine.  Thus, he was ready to follow Jesus on the roads filled with enthusiastic people who were attracted by the great signs He worked.  He healed sicknesses of all kinds, He said illuminating words, and He promised life beyond this one.  Certainly, it was worthwhile to follow Him!

Jesus’ response is quite a blazing truth.  His life, and therefore that of His followers, is one of poverty.  As often happens, Jesus expresses Himself with hyperbole, ‘He has nowhere to lay His head’.  Beyond and at the heart of this expression is a truth.  Jesus lives free of every possession and proposes a life style of absolute essentiality.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord to help me see the actuality of this proposal for me even today. In a society that idolizes possessions, Jesus offers me the ‘freedom of being’.

Lord, help me, I ask You to help me resist the many solicitations to buy more and more things.  Help me discover how beautiful it is to do with less in order to give to others, to be free and content.  What is too much for me is necessary for the poor.

The voice of Paul of Oglio, a Wealthy Youth, now a Monk

The aesthetic we must re-discover today is that of simplicity.  For thirty years at Nazareth, Jesus occupied Himself with people through His manual labor.  He was simple and in solidarity with the poor.

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