Posted by: livingscripture | October 27, 2012

Twenty-ninth Saturday in Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

“Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” 

                            (Ephesians 4: 7)                                                                                                                                                                        

How should we live this Word

After the strong call to unity, Paul proceeds to say that after Christ ascended into Heaven, He effused a variety of gifts to render Christians capable of building the Body of Christ.  He brought forth apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.  In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul warned the Christians to prevent these gifts from dividing them.  Now instead, he affirms that these gifts help the saints to procure the unity of faith in the measure of the full stature of Christ and that we should grow in every way into Him who is the Head of the Body.

The divine imagination is truly admirable in this diversification of gifts, functions, tasks, charisms, and ministries.  Each of us is a privileged recipient of grace, of Christ’s gift.  It is a personalized gift to be received with trust and awareness and to be used with responsibility.  It is a gift to be continually shared and that will always have one source and goal, Christ, the Son of God.  He is the Head of this Mystical Body, in continual growth and maturation, through the collaboration of every supporting ligament, with the proper functioning of each part, building itself up in love.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord to help me re-discover the grace given to each person, and the ministry to which I have been called along with the energy needed for my responsible collaboration in building up the Body of Christ, the Church.

Lord, grant that I may be aware of the beauty and greatness of Your call.  Help me to receive the gift of Your grace.  Sustain me in my daily ministry among my sisters and brothers, so that we may all arrive at the unity of faith.

The voice of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus & the Holy Face

As I reflect on the Mystical Body of the Church, I cannot find myself in any of the members described by St. Paul, or rather; I wanted to be all of them.  Love offers me the secret of my vocation.  In the heart of my mother, the Church, I will be love!








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