Posted by: livingscripture | October 15, 2012

Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

From the Word of the Day


“Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation.”

(Luke 11: 30)


How should we live this Word

Jonah’s prophecy signaled a strong moment of conversion for the people of Nineveh.  At the prophet’s word, they repented and changed their ways.  However, there is a greater sign that Jonah now, Jesus who becomes incarnate and speaks in every period of history, revealing the truth hidden from always in God.  God is love and because of love became human to elevate His creatures, each one of us, to participate in His divine life.  It is the historical event that transcends every human hope.

Notwithstanding all the travails of human history, God is God.  He is a mystery revealed in Jesus and He loves us.  He has His plan of love and of salvation for each of us.  We need only listen to Jesus’ words, to recognize Jesus as He reveals Himself in the Gospel, letting His words of truth penetrate our heart as it did for generations of Christians before us, as it did for Teresa of Avila whom we commemorate today.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will relish the reality of God’s love for me and seek to give an ever greater response of love to Him.

Lord Jesus, only You have the words of everlasting life!  I entrust myself to You!

The voice of St. Teresa of Avila, Mystic & Church Doctor

In order to know God heart to heart, St. Teresa suggests that we imagine we are before Christ, to become enamoured of His sacred humanity, keeping it ever present, speaking with Him, asking for His help, crying with Him in suffering, rejoicing with Him in joys…using the words that correspond with our desires and needs.


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