Posted by: livingscripture | September 26, 2013

Twenty-fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Reflect well on your behaviour!  You have sown much but reaped little.”

(Haggai 1: 5-6)

            

How should we live this Word?knocking

The command that reaches us twice today is clear: let us retire for a time in solitude and reflect on our behaviour.  Let us make a deeper examination of conscience that will lead to a concrete proposal of how to live today and tomorrow.

This is the basic intent of the prophet Haggai who knocks on our conscience as he did in the fifth century, reminding the exiles who had returned to Israel what the priorities of their life should be.  In fact, they hesitated to get to work on rebuilding the temple.  Even then, the people had to deal with an economic crisis, with precarious work, and high prices.  Even then, everyone was occupied with their own affairs, without paying attention to anyone else that might be in need or to the Lord of the covenant.  Thus, even at that time, everything fell through their hands and any effort failed to give the expected outcome.

Rebuilding the Lord’s temple represented above all, a re-organization of life values.  Thus, the prophet urges them to reflect, to take up their daily work once again keeping in mind a just scale of values.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will review my priorities and scale of values in the light of Jesus’ Word.

I place the Lord ever before me.  God is at my right hand.  I cannot vacillate.  (Cf Psalm 16) 

The Voice of Pope Francis

What was prefigured in the old Temple is accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Church.  The Church is the House of God, the place of His presence, where we may find and encounter the Lord.  The Church is the Temple in which dwells the Holy Spirit who animates her, guides her, and sustains her.


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