Posted by: livingscripture | September 3, 2013

Twenty-second Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with Him.  Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.”

(Thessalonians 5: 1-6, 9-11)

           

How should we live this Word?cbconsolator_t[1]

Paul’s position in this Word addressed to the inhabitants of Thessalonica is decidedly opposed to those who conceive the omnipotent God as irascible and despotic, a God who keeps us on the straight path by instilling fear.

Unfortunately, this is the way of being religious for many people.  It is a morality that borders on superstition and unleashes uncontrollable violence.  If we glance at the history of all times, we become aware of how much destruction and death has been brought about by wars of religion.

It is true that even in the Bible we sometimes find images of God turning to humans with anger, but it is always something that evokes the image of the good father upset with his son and recalling him to his duty.  God uses even strong means at times but these are absolutely and always dictated by love.

This helps us to understand better why Paul announces so forcefully that our destination, desired by God-Love, is always salvation.  Moreover, Paul invites all believers to remind each other of this very consoling truth.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will let this certainty root itself in me, remembering that I do not go through life alone but in the company of a God who loves me so much that He died on the Cross for me.

Lord Jesus let me be totally convinced that You are with me where You call me to live.  You are the strength and the joy along my way.

The Voice of Abbe’ Pierre, Founder of the Emmaus Movement

Humans have been tricked.  Yes, we have been tricked and still today we are being tricked by being told that well- being and diversion bring happiness.  This is not true.  It is not well- being that makes us happy. What makes us happy is the good done out of love.


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