Posted by: livingscripture | October 22, 2013

Twenty-ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more.”  (Romans 5: 20)

            

How should we live this Word? Jesus_103_small

The Letter to the Romans, which has accompanied us the past few days, leads us to meditate on basic aspects of our Christian life.  In this section, the dynamic of sin and grace emphasize the solidarity of humanity’s misery with the first Adam and its salvation thanks to solidarity with the second Adam, Jesus Christ.

Misery and salvation could be the perspective of this entire letter.  In this chapter, the accent is on the efficacy of the presence of Jesus Christ in solidarity with us.  Jesus’ entry into history, and His incarnation allow grace to overflow all the more and God’s love to pour out on every person and invert the perverse mechanism dictated by solidarity with evil.  This negative bond made everyone subject to the law.  It saw weaken every effort toward the good by the deadly effects of sin, of individuals, of a few.

Grace overflowed and poured out on humanity through Jesus, transforming solidarity with evil into solidarity with good.  Today, thanks to Jesus, what we now transmit to each other is no longer the misery of the first Adam’s condition, but justification and sanctification in Christ.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will reflect on the fact that salvation has redeemed me from misery.  It has removed the mechanism that empties beauty and strength from me and restored me as God’s creature, autonomous and responsible for the promise entrusted to me.

Lord, make me aware of the gift of Your grace.  Help me to understand that it is not magic, but continual love that is met daily and, if accepted and received consciously, it does good, even to those who do not recognize it. 

The Voice of Psalm 33

The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His grace, to save their life from death; to make them live in time of famine.                                                                                             


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