Posted by: livingscripture | October 11, 2012

Twenty-Seventh Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Does then, the one who supplies the Spirit to you and works mighty deeds among you do so from works of the law or from faith in what you heard?.”

(Galatians 3: 5)

                                                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word

Paul is not under valuing the Law, the Ten Words given by God to the Israelites freed from enslavement to the Egyptians.  He is indicating the self-sufficiency of those who think they can save themselves through the exact observance of the Law, which is the moth that corrodes the existence of some believers.

St. Paul says no, this does not free us, but only faith in the One who alone gives us salvation.  Every time we elevate to divinity someone or something, even the most wholesome like the Law, substituting this for the Law Giver, we inevitably slide into idolatry and therefore into the most humiliating slavery.

Perhaps today, more that a cult of the Law, there is something even more degrading if we think of the idols of money, sex, and power.  These things are objectively good in themselves until they become idols that we think can save us, just like an observance of the Law alone.  Rather, we must humbly receive the sanctifying gift of the Spirit that opens us to faith, a faith that is not only the truths believed, but also as the way that opens us to a humble and joyous life in the Spirit that restores us to our dignity as the likeness and image of God.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will invoke the Holy Spirit’s light to enable me to see and rid myself of all that is an obstacle to drawing closer to God.

Holy Spirit, Spirit of truth, help me to distinguish what comes from God and what comes from my ego.  Grant that my faith may be authentic and a genuine adhesion to Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 

The voice of St. Louis Orione

Let us be sincere.  Why are we not always able to renew society, incapable of the power to draw it?  We lack faith, warm faith.  We live little of God and much of the world.  We live a weak spiritual life that lacks the true life of faith and of Christ in us that is impregnated with the aspiration to truth and to social progress that penetrates all and reaches out to the humblest worker.  We lack the faith that makes life a fervent apostolate in favor of the poor and oppressed, as was the entire life and Gospel of Jesus Christ.


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