Posted by: livingscripture | October 23, 2012

Twenty-Ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


“You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God.”

(Ephesians 2: 19)


How should we live this Word 

The author of the Letter to the Ephesians continues to describe the way in which God’s grace is offered to everyone, pagans or circumcised, because we are all called and are now close to God, thanks to Christ’s blood.  He reconciled us to God and with each other on the Cross.  He has brought peace to those near and far.  He has made us all citizens, belonging to one family, as one holy temple where God dwells in the midst of His people.

God has broken down all barriers so that in His eyes there are no more strangers or guests, nor aliens or enemies.  However, it seems that in every epoch, we create new walls, new divisions that are harder to overcome.  It is for this reason that we, who are close to God, are called to bring peace and to continue to build the Lord’s house in which each person may find harmony and family warmth.  We must be ever ready to do our part to build communion, so that God’s dream may become reality.  We are all guests at the banquet table of the Lord, where Jesus Himself serves us with the abundance of His peace, goodness, and mercy.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will renew my commitment to serve the plan of salvation, so lovingly crafted by God, seeking in any way possible to be a person of peace and welcome for others.

Come, Lord, throw down the walls that block access to Your holy temple.  Infuse Your peace in our heart and make us attentive and vigilant collaborators in Your work of redemption. 

The voice of the Book of Proverbs 24: 3-4 

A house is built with wisdom, made solid by prudence; the rooms are filled by knowledge with all precious and desirous goods.

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