Posted by: livingscripture | January 24, 2014

Second Friday in Ordinary Time – St. Francis di Sales

From the Word of the Day

“Saul wept aloud.  Saul then said to David, ‘You are in the right rather than I; you have treated me generously, while I have done you harm.

(1 Samuel 24: 17-18)

 

How should we live this Word? Revelation144000Jews_250

Notwithstanding the efforts of Jonathan, of David himself, and of many others, Saul cannot abandon his conspiracy against David.  Their roads and lives are ever more distant, but when they meet, David does not take the life of his rival.  He cannot harm the Lord’s anointed.

Saul recognizes the fortitude and justice of David.  At least for the moment, his tears express his paternal feelings in regard to David and he understands that David is truly the one chosen by God, called to guide the people of Israel.  On the other hand, David succeeds in overcoming his resentment and exercises his supremacy in that moment with gestures that are honest, reasonable, just, and even filial.  This is what St. Francis di Sales says to Theotimo:

“Love is nothing other than the movement and flow of a heart toward the good through the pleasure it feels in it.  It is impossible for our will not to be taken by the pleasure of the good, and then we use our freedom and the authority we have over ourselves, to provoke our heart to repeat and reinforce its own pleasure with acts of approbation and of joy”. (Treatise on Divine Love)

Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will renew my will for the good in my every thought, word, and action.

The voice of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014                 

Christian unity belongs to God’s plan for the unity of humanity and of the entire cosmos.  Let us pray that the day may come in which we will all adore in one faith and in one Eucharistic communion.  All those who invoke the Lord’s name are with us in Christ, because we all belong to His one Body.  There is no one of whom we can say, ‘I do not need you’.

Today, the Salesian Family celebrates St. Francis di Sales.  St. John Bosco gave him to us as the inspirer and protector of his great Religious Family.

“In each of your moments is contained, as in a shell, the seed of eternity.”

 (St. Francis di Sales)

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