Posted by: livingscripture | September 25, 2014

Twenty-fifth Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

John I beheaded.  Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”

 (Luke 9: 9)         

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A disquieting question echoes in Herod’s mind.  Who is this Jesus that I hear so much about?  Is it the Baptist whom I beheaded that has returned to life?  Is it Elijah or one of the great prophets appearing again?  Christ’s coming disturbs Herod.  It makes him curious and even fearful of His power.  Those who are powerful want to have everything under their control, so that nothing escapes their hands.  It is the battle between those who want to dominate the world and those who want to free it from evil.

Christ’s presence in our life provokes fundamental questions in us.  It does not leave us indifferent but impels us to seek the truth.  It solicits us to examine our conscience on our behavior.  In order to know who Jesus is, we must let ourselves be guided by faith and love, not by curiosity or human reasoning.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will renew my faith in Jesus and express my love for Him throughout the day. 

Lord, help me to acknowledge you as the Son of God, to desire to be converted from my sins of presumption and pride.  Keep me from being like Herod in his indiscrete curiosity because this impedes me from accepting the Mystery of Your Being. 

The voice of St. Francis de Sales, from the Philotea 

Once you have found and gathered the sinful ugliness of your conscience, detest it and reject it with great contrition and displeasure, as much as your heart can conceive.  Take into consideration these three points: you have lost God’s grace through sin; you have lost the right to Heaven; you have accepted the eternal torments of hell; and you have renounced God’s eternal love.


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