Posted by: livingscripture | October 26, 2012

Twenty-ninth Friday in Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

“I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.” 

     (Ephesians 4: 1-2)                                                                                                                                                                       

How should we live this Word

During these days, the Liturgy presents the second part of the Letter to the Ephesians, which is entirely dedicated to exhortations.  Important consequences for Christian life derive from the work of redemption.  The author presents these with abundant explanations and clarifications, and with thirty-six imperative verbs. 

At the beginning of his letter, Paul said that we have been chosen in Christ, before the creation of the world to be holy and pure in His eyes.  Now he gives us norms for living a life worthy of this vocation.  On the one hand, if we practice these norms, we remove ourselves from the dangers that threaten the unity of the Church.  On the other hand, they impel us to manifest that Christ really dwells in our hearts and that we are founded and rooted in charity.  The words that follow are like a synthesis of the Hymn to Charity, urging us to act ‘with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.’  More than norms, these are practical, simple, and indispensable suggestions for living together each day in serenity. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that unity is the aim of Christian life.  Paul tells us the seven manifestations of this unity: one Body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.  I will ask myself if I contribute to this unity.

Lord, make us all one body, one soul that brings all of humanity to You.  Grant that Your love may transform us into You.

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI to the Synod Fathers

I am convinced that the new evangelizers will be continually multiplied to give life to a true transformation so needed by the world.  Only through women and men formed by God’s presence, can the Word of God continue its journey in the world and bring forth its fruit.  Dear friends, to be evangelizers is not a privilege, but a duty that flows from faith.



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