Posted by: livingscripture | March 24, 2014

Third Monday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

Now I know that there is no other God in all the land except in Israel.”

                                               2 Kings 5:  15                                         


How should we live this Wordimage047- creation

The passage of the Samaritan woman in Sunday’s Gospel introduced the theme of the Covenant with human beings desired by God.  Throughout history, it has been presented in different ways.  We read those of Noah, Abram, Moses, and the one described in Hosea.  There is the one celebrated in Deuteronomy and the one Jeremiah announces as betrayed and then re-proposed.  Now there is the one Jesus symbolically shows as NEW in the encounter with the woman at the well.

The Liturgy gives us reason to think of our Covenant with God from different points of view and how it transforms the relationships in our life.  The first reading speaks of Naaman, a leper from Syria.  He is looking for the impossible; a cure for his illness.  To find it, he is willing to go to the end of the world.

His healing is for the people of Israel and those who were not of it, a sign that God does not have preferences, but rather enters into a covenant with all people, granting them salvation if they accept it.  Trust and faith do not need concrete experiences.  God accepts Naaman’s openness in performing the small gestures indicated by the Prophet.  Naaman sees the benevolence of God at work in his body and he acknowledges God as the one true God.  It is a relationship based on a reciprocal acknowledgment of little and great acts of faith and trust.  It is a covenant that illumines all the other covenants that we live.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will consciously acknowledge that God is supreme and I will give God all my faith and trust.

Lord, help me to be trustful of the persons with whom I live and work.  Help me when there are no evident signs to show me this is worthwhile.

The voice of Enzo Bianchi, Monk

We can say that there cannot be authentic human life, humanization, without faith.  How would it be possible to live without trusting someone?

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