Posted by: livingscripture | September 17, 2013

Twenty-fourth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Young man, I tell you, arise!.  The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.”

(Luke 7: 14-15)

            

How should we live this Word?casting out demon 1

Jesus’ journey through Israel does not seem to be cantered on geographical areas to reach but rather to arrive at situations that invoke salvation.  These had already been cited in Isaiah’s prophecy, the one Jesus read in the synagogue at Capernaum at the start of his public mission. Step after step, Jesus manifests that He is the Christ, the One sent by God to fulfill revelation.  His way of proceeding is disarming; not with proclamations or vindications, but with unexpected encounters that are found in people’s daily lives.  It is through their sentiments, by revisiting their wounds and incoherence, that He finds in everything the traces that lead them back to God.

Here Jesus faces death, the unjust and incomprehensible death that attacks the innocent. The Son of God stops before a mother who is accompanying her son to the cemetery.  He asks her not to cry.  He tells the boy to get up.  At His words, the sounds become reality.  Hope revives in the mother’s heart and life comes to the young man.  One is restored to the other.  Death is conquered.  It no longer has power over life. We have here a delicate anticipation of the death of God’s Son that will restore life and hope to humanity.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will renew my faith in Jesus’ words and in the everlasting life He gives me.

Lord, help us to go beyond the logic of death.  Help us to be at the service of life, of true life, abundant for all!

The Voice of Pope Francis 

Jesus peaches as one having authority.  He heals.  He calls His disciples to follow Him.  He forgives.  He does all that in the Old Testament is of God and only of God…And this to the point of putting His own life on the line, experiencing incomprehension, betrayal, rejection…to being condemned to death, and to fall into a state of abandonment on the cross.  But to the end Jesus remains faithful to God.


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