Posted by: livingscripture | April 16, 2014

Wednesday of Holy Week

From the Word of the Day


The Lord has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.”

 (Isaiah 50: 4)     


How should we live this Wordimage004-light to my feet


It is interesting to note that the Prophet Isaiah recognizes that his speech is not that of a teacher, but that of a disciple.  Who is his teacher?  It is not a secret.  Every morning, he dedicates himself to listening first.  There must have been an initiation for listening, because the Prophet affirms that the Lord Himself opened his ear.  It must not have been a very easy operation.  The most immediate temptation is that of resisting, of drawing back, avoiding an involvement that implies a life commitment.  However, once the temptation is overcome and he listens like a disciple who trusts his teacher, the result is the gift of an important capacity, that of knowing how to console the weary.

Statistics show the evident growth of depression in the world today.  Is it possible to bring people back to a serene meaning of life?  We can believe this if our speaking, if our words are born directly from our discipleship.

Yes, my God free my interior ear from the ‘wax’ of many useless preoccupations.  Give me always a heart attentive to Your Word that is a light to my path and a comfort to my life.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation during Holy Week, I will renew my joy in being a disciple of the Lord.  I will ask Jesus to help me persevere in listening to His Word, meditating on it, and living it.  Thus, I can bring words of hope and consolation to the sad and depressed.

Thank You, Lord!  How beautiful it is to be Your disciple! 

The voice of a Commentator 

Pope Bergoglio learned that the search for peace must begin with an interior journey and relief of suffering.  In this sense, his passage from the See of Buenos Aires to that of Rome did not require a change of attitude.  The visit to the refugees of Lampedusa was in full continuity with his visits to the shantytowns at the periphery of the Argentine capital.


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