Posted by: livingscripture | March 28, 2014

Third Friday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

Which is the first of all the commandments?  Jesus replied, ‘The first is this:  Hear, O Israel!’”    Mark 12:28               

How should we live this Word risen Jesus 1

Jesus does not betray the strongest tradition of Israel.  LISTENING remains the first commandment for Him as well.  Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, and the remnant of Israel have lived in continual fidelity to this commandment.  It is made visible in Jesus.  It can be seen, heard, and touched, to the point that John the evangelist will say in his first letter, “That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we have contemplated and our hands have touched of the Word of life…that which we have seen and heard, we announce also to you, so that you may be in communion with us.”

But Jesus is not asking for blind listening.  His Gospel introduces us into an integral listening, a fact that is not only heard, but is also of seeing, of interactions, of conversions, and of transformations with a reality to be received, deciphered, interpreted, and dialogued.  His proposal unveils a new spirituality, lived by women and men who enter into and remain with their whole being in the situations of life.  With His incarnation, Jesus breaks down the wall that separated listening and seeing, making the Word visible and harmonizing senses and spirit.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will dwell on these words and seek to enter into their profound meaning for my life.

Lord, You became a human being so that we too could be human.  You fulfill our humanity.  Help us to live Your Gospel with our entire self.

The voice of D. Bonhoeffer, Contemporary Prophet and Theologian 

A Christian is not a religious human but simply a human being, just as Jesus was a human being.  We learn to believe only in the fullness of our being beyond the here of life.  When we completely renounce doing anything by ourselves…a saint, repentant sinner, a person of the church (the so-called priestly figure) just or unjust, sick or well, this is what I call ‘beyond here’, that is, living the fullness  of every commitment, problem, successes or failures, of experiences or perplexities.  Then we throw ourselves completely into God’s arms.  Then we do not take our sufferings seriously but rather the sufferings of God and of the world.  Then we vigil with Christ in Gethsemane, and I believe, this is faith, this is conversion, and thus we become human beings, we become Christians. 


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