Posted by: livingscripture | March 26, 2014

Third Wednesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

Take care to be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live.”

                             Deuteronomy 4:  8                                     

 

How should we live this Word image037-praise

Today Deuteronomy admonishes the careless, those who after having enjoyed the privileges and benefits coming from a special relationship God who saves them, forget.  They forget what they have witnessed.  They fall out of love with what in the past had enthused them.  Jesus will say, “No one who has put his hand to the plow and turns back, is fit for the Kingdom of God” (Cf. Luke 9: 62).

He will also speak about the danger of those who act like the son who was sent to work in the vineyard and said ‘yes’ but they immediately forgot to go (Cf. Mt. 21: 28-32).

Remembrance of the events that have saved us, of the persons who have accompanied us, of the mediations that God has sent to manifest Himself to us can and should remain alive in us, in a dynamic of perpetual gratitude.  Forgetfulness is avoidable because we only forget what we do not love.  The persons we love and the things we like are very much alive in our mind and in our heart, always!

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will serenely recall all the love God has shown me through His Word, the sacraments, persons, books, nature, and I will thank Him for them.  I will try to make this a daily practice, thanking God continually.

Lord, the gift of the Eucharist is a memorial, a living memory of who and what has saved us.  Today I want to be ‘eucharist’, re-offering you all the precious people who have led me to know You better, love You more, and to live my dedication to You more freely.  Reward them.  Make them happy.  Give them the abundance of life and vitality! 

The voice of John Paul II 

This memory that generates and nourishes faith is the work of the Holy Spirit “whom the Father will send in the name of Christ.  He will teach you everything and will remind you of all I have told you.”  (John 14: 26)


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