Posted by: livingscripture | May 22, 2014

Fifth Thursday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 

It is my judgment, therefore, that we ought to stop troubling the gentiles who turn to God, but tell them by letter to avoid pollution from idols, unlawful marriage, the meat of strangled animals, and blood.”

 (Acts 15: 19-21)

 

How should we live this Wordcommunity

James the Apostle is a very qualified follower of Jesus, chosen with Peter and John to live the great moments, that of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor and that of the Agony in the Garden of Olives.  Here, James takes the word to put an end to a thorny question, showing himself in full communion with what was in the mind and proposal of Peter, together with his closest collaborators.

The ‘perfectionists’ of all times are those who tend to accumulate impossible burdens of behavior on those who have chosen to follow God and His law, which in synthesis is the love received from the Lord and given to others.

Thus, even at the beginnings of the Christian era there were those who   troubled the new converts by adding heavy injunctions to abstain from certain things and rigorously do other things.  With extreme simplicity and clarity, James pin points what should be avoided, above all idolatry.   This does not only refer to the ancient rite of Jove, Mars, and their companions, but today this coincides with attachment to wealth.

Immediately after, James says that certain things are to be excluded: adultery, abuse or mistaken use of sex ordered only to egoism and not to collaborate with the Creator in giving life, and violence against humans and animals.  It is interesting to note that these commands are as ancient as the Law of Moses and even before, are written in the human conscience.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will question myself on what I am doing so that the good may triumph and the evil of violence may be overcome. 

Lord Jesus, give me Your grace so that I may live my days serenely, with a peaceful heart that embraces the covenant of friendship and affectionate attention toward all creatures: humans above all, but without excluding animals. 

The voice of Pope Francis

Take care of creation.  But above all, take care of people who do not have the necessities of life.


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