Posted by: livingscripture | October 20, 2014

Twenty-ninth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”

 (Ephesians 2, 4-5)             

How should we live this Word healing_of_the_blind_man_jekel_t[1]

We must never stop breathing these words in our heart!  These are not rhetorical consolations for depressed people.  On the contrary, they represent the power of the conquering truth of our life as Christians in a world that is ever more marked by materialism and a notion of self-fulfillment that presumes to save self and the world without God and thus destroy it.

The knowledge and certainty of the truth that we are saved by God’s gratuitous love, places us in a state of truth and of peace.  Paul says, “We are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good work that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.”  Here is the dilemma: is it faith or good works that count?”  They are united in this basic certainty: it is faith in the great love with which God has loved us that is the source of our serenity, of our journeying humbly and committed, on the road of good works that make us like Christ.  We are continually saved through Him as we do good and not by any merit of ours.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let Paul’s consoling words penetrate me and also those of Jesus, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.”  Nor does it depend on the good works we think we have done with our strength alone.  My life is in God’s hands and comes from the great love He has for me and that saves me if I trust in Him.  He makes my faith operative in charity in my daily life. 

Lord, make me more aware that attachment to persons and things, wanting to possess them for myself is greed.  This sends the ship of my life to ruin and far from the shores of freedom and peace. 

The voice of Pope Francis 

God never tires of forgiving.  We are the ones who tire of asking Him for His mercy.

 

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