Posted by: livingscripture | September 27, 2013

Twenty-fifth Friday in Ordinary Time


From the Word of the Day

“Take courage all you people of the land, says the Lord, and work!  For I am with you, says the Lord of hosts.  My Spirit continues in your midst; do not fear.”

(Haggai 2: 4-5)


How should we live this Word?community

The post-exilic Temple is by now complete, even if it is far from the splendor of Solomon’s temple.  It is the dwelling place of the Lord, a place from which God continues to remain in the midst of His people, and where the people can find the strength to continue to rebuild the city and their life.  The difficulties persisted and for this reason the prophet Haggai is now sent to give them courage.  His appeal rings out three times, once to the civil authorities, once to the religious authorities, and once to all the people.

The foundation of every reconstruction, the Lord reminds us, is that of the Covenant made during the exodus.  It is a solid foundation.  We need to roll up our sleeves without fear or discouragement.  The Lord is in our midst and fills every place with His presence and His peace.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will ask myself who God is for me.  May I always respond with conviction, “My Lord and my God!”

Lord, send forth your light and your fidelity; they shall lead me on, and bring me to your holy mountain, to your dwelling place.  (Psalm 43)

The Voice of St. Vincent de Paul 

Let us love God with the strength of our arms, with the sweat of our brow.




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