Posted by: livingscripture | September 28, 2014

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.”

 (Matthew 21: 31)              


How should we live this Wordholy Face 3

There is a presumptuous way of regarding God, that of a practical atheist.  He is not denied, rather, He is presupposed.  However, people like this feel they are authorized to make Him a ‘thing’ to be judged, reproved, tricked.  In other words, they do not consider Him God.

In today’s Liturgy, various phrases reveal this attitude toward God.  Ezekiel narrates what some say of Him.  The Lord does not act justly.  It is a judgment that is transformed into explicit reproof and seems to hide the idea that God did not understand well!  God is no longer Mystery but rather a foreseeable error.

Jesus clearly points out this error with the parable of the two sons.  One is honest and open and a bit naïve and responds to the father with a strong ‘no’.  However, his ‘no’ bares his uncertainty and makes him think.  In the end, he returns, like the prodigal son, like the ancient people of God after the desert, after the exile.  The ‘no’ leads to exploration, to a deepening of the relationship, and the opposition becomes an encounter.

The other son diplomatically says ‘yes’, but by putting aside every opposition he has become immobile since he thinks he has the exact criteria to give shape to his life.  Therefore, he says ‘yes’ but then acts out a ‘no’ and does not think twice about it.  The father, God, is a fool to trick and avoid with respect!  Practical atheists think of God in this way.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will evaluate my ‘yes’ to the Lord.  Am I coherent with it? 

Lord, Your words bare our presumptuousness before You.  You, the Father, and the Spirit are always the Mystery that lights our life and impels us to seek You and never feel that we have fully arrived, justified and confirmed for eternity. 

The voice of the Pope Francis 

Pope Francis tells us that the privileged place to encounter Jesus is our sins.  “This seems like a heresy, but even St. Paul said this.  He boasted of only two things: his sins and that the risen Christ had saved him.  For this reason, recognizing our sins, our misery, what we are and what we are capable of doing or have done opens the door for Jesus to caress us, forgive us, give us His Word.  ‘Go in peace, your faith has saved you’, because you have been courageous in opening your heart to the One who alone can save you.”

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