Posted by: livingscripture | January 28, 2014

Third Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.

(Mark 3: 34-35)

 

How should we live this Word? image004-light to my feet

It is not enough to listen to God’s will in His Word.  It is not enough to know it, to speak about it.  We must do it in order to feel that Jesus’ words are addressed to us.  We must practice it in the way and when it is possible for us, after having sought it, understood it, and embraced it.  If this happens, we can not only say that we are brothers and sisters of Jesus, but His mothers as well.

We say mothers, because we keep Him in our heart, we receive Him in our womb, in our flesh through faith, and we give birth to Him in the world.  For us, this will be the dearest thing, as it is for a child and for a mother.  We will be aware of an unbreakable bond that no sin or situation can annul.  We gestate him in reflection and prayer, but then we do not keep Him for ourselves.

As for Mary, Jesus grows in our ‘womb’ so that He may be shared and given.  This happens in the measure in which His Word becomes flesh of our flesh, as He became flesh in Mary.  He becomes gestures, words, looks.  Our kinship with Christ is a bond that is never still or equal to itself.  It is not based on blood but on love and grows in the measure in which love is practiced.

Today in my time for silent contemplation, I will cherish Jesus who grows in me as I seek to love Him more and more each day.

Lord, I imagine Your gaze on me.  How I long for You to see me as Your sister, brother, mother.  It is difficult for me to know Your will and follow it but I know that if I entrust my incapacity to You and I seek You with a sincere heart, I can count on Your mercy. 

The voice of P. Gasparino                  

Is it not an actual heresy to scan the Word of God without living it?


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