Posted by: livingscripture | January 21, 2013

Second Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?”

(Mark 2: 19)

How should we live this Word pharisees 3

It would really be nonsensical to fast while you are enjoying the wedding feast with the bridegroom!  In today’s Gospel, Jesus identifies Himself with the ‘bridegroom’, the spouse already prefigured in the Old Testament (Cf Isaiah 62: 4-5).  His disciples rejoice in His presence with them, therefore it is right to celebrate.  It will soon enough be time to cry and to fast when the spouse will be taken from them and given over to the Romans to be crucified.

However, we already know that this tragedy did not have the last word.  He is risen and He is alive!  He remains in our midst in the Eucharist.  We who believe always have Jesus close to us.  Certainly, there is a place for fasting as purification, as a discipline to overcome ourselves and go beyond our yearning for comforts, for superficial pleasures.  But this presence does not take away our joy in the presence of the spouse who loves us so much.  In the Eucharist, He continues to protect and heal the world and secretly illumine it through the hearts of those who love Him.  They collaborate with Him, living lives of resurrected ones and thus contributing to the transfiguration of the world.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the presence of Jesus in my life and the privilege I have of collaborating with Him in transforming the world by living daily in fidelity to Him.

Lord Jesus, help me to live with You in the Holy Spirit and in obedience to the Father so that I may act with You in bringing to fulfillment the Father’s plan of salvation for all people.  Help me to be a witness to His eternal love. 

The Voice of Patriarch Atenagoras of the Orthodox Church 

All is already alive because Christ is risen.  A place exists here where there is no more separation but only great love and great joy.  This place is the Chalice, in the heart of the Church and, from there, in your heart.



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