Posted by: livingscripture | January 18, 2013

First Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“In fact, we have received the good news just as they did.  But the word that they heard did not profit them, for they were not united in faith with those who listened.”

(Hebrews 4: 2)


How should we live this Word my steps

This passage evokes the episode of the Jews’ negative reaction as they wandered in the desert to the ‘good news’ brought by Joshua and Caleb about the Promised Land.  This diffident and negative attitude, the sign of an evident lack of faith in Yahweh who would have given them victory and access, was to their disadvantage.  It obligated them to prolong their permanence in the inhospitable and desolate desert for forty years.  The mere listening to the ‘good news’ was not sufficient to guarantee its realization.

This is a warning for us today as well, in a time that nears the experience of radical poverty.  The ‘good news’ of the Gospel resounds for us too, returning to repeat to us how important we are to God, and to show us the way to go in order to fully realize ourselves as individuals and as a society.

The risk is to limit ourselves to a merely exterior listening that does not become life and is not transformed into obedience capable of re-launching existence in the direction that really counts, that alone can restore meaning and flavor and color to life.

If God loves us so much as to immerse Himself in our situation to introduce us into His rest, we cannot go along as though it were nothing.  We cannot continue to lament and acting as though we cannot count on Him.  Rather, we should be joyfully active and full of initiative.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself how I move from listening to action.  Does God’s Word make me daring in taking meaningful decisions?  

Lord, it is not enough to be convinced that I am precious in Your eyes.  This awareness must erupt in my life, infusing the courage to translate Your calls into concrete action and a greater quality of life. 

The Voice of François de Salignac de La Mothe Fénelon, French Theologian and Pedagogue 

The least reserve, the least fear of sensing too clearly that God is asking more than we are willing to give Him, disturbs His word within us.

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