Posted by: livingscripture | September 15, 2013

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“The Lord relented in the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people.”

(Exodus 32:14)

            

How should we live this Word? l'abbraccio del Padre

This passage of Exodus is very surprising.  In a few lines, it transmits an intense experience of God, of relationship with Him.  Moses shares with God the paternity of a people, Israel, and the love as well, the desire for the good and for the better for this very people.  In a moment of crisis, the dialogue between them becomes difficult.  There is ‘resentment’ in God for the gift that is not received, not appreciated by Israel.  The strongly emotional reaction is to be done with this people and exterminate them.  There seems to be no turning back.

Only the invitation to REMEMBER diffuses God’s anger.  It is Moses himself who brings Him to this path.  God allows Himself to be moved by his intercession that recalls the memory of the promise.  From that time, our experience of God is under the sign of mercy.  The power of God’s promise overcomes the capacity to acknowledge and correspond to God’s gift on the part of humans.

The promise becomes reality, actually present, that is manifested in unconditional and re-storing acceptance.  The parable of the merciful father restores and reveals God’s true face!

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will relish the reality of my merciful God who is all love. 

In Your Love, remember us Lord! 

The Voice of Pope Francis 

God – this is my thought and this is my experience, but how many, yesterday and today, share it!  It is not an idea, even though high, the fruit of human thought.  God is reality with a capital ‘R’.  Jesus reveals it and lives His relationship with Him as a Father of infinite goodness and mercy.

 


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