Posted by: livingscripture | October 12, 2012

Twenty-Seventh Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Christ ransomed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, ‘Cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree’, that the blessing of Abraham might be extended to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

(Galatians 3: 13-14)

                                                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

With his disconcerting language, Paul succeeds in shaking us and making us reflect on the paradox of redemption.  It is an absurdity which human pride rejects, and that embraces the entire arc of the historical existence of Christ, from the moment of His incarnation to the Paschal event of His death and exaltation.

Becoming ‘a curse’, ‘sin’ well expresses the point to which Jesus’ solidarity with humankind goes.  He took on our flesh subject to the curse of sin.  We were unable to free ourselves, so Jesus came to break our chains and restore our dignity as God’s children.  Only by immersing Himself totally in our humanity could He replace Adam’s ‘no’ with His ‘yes’ to the Father and let the inexhaustible divine blessings flow on the earth once more for everyone.

Thus, we can all say we are dead to sin and have become a new creature.  Jesus shares our human nature.  This sublime mystery makes us cry out with Paul, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me!’

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder this stupendous truth and its implications for my life.

My God, how infinite is Your Love!  When I think I have penetrated it, I discover that I have only grasped a shadow of it.  You draw me to go beyond until I am with You in an eternal embrace.

The voice of Mother Maria Candida of the Eucharist, Carmelite 

Before the abasement of the Word, our poor intellect gets lost and can only lower itself, and adore before the light emanating from the Mystery.


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