Posted by: livingscripture | November 4, 2014

Thirty-first Tuesday in Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

“Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.”

 (Philippians 2: 5-6)        

How should we live this Wordimages[3]

Jesus goes from divinity to humanity, leaving aside the privileges of being God.  He is not frightened by the demands of the human condition in its less noble aspects.  Rather, He wanted to experience all of it, even that which is least attractive.  He did this out of love and His desire to participate intimately in the human condition, in true solidarity.

Paul takes on this same attitude.  Since Damascus, Jesus is His only model and efficacious witness who makes him feel drawn to have His same attitudes.  Jesus refined and elevated human sentiments that can be experienced by us as well.  He introduced into the world a way of looking at each other that is more loving.  He gave dignity to every person, valuing differences, and never discriminating.  Paul is among the first to be captured by this Easter newness.  It is a re-generated humanity, a new creation that draws him into an unparalleled adventure.  This now has passed to us and calls us to be women and men who have the same attitudes as Jesus.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Jesus for becoming one of us and experiencing our human condition.  

Lord, the gift of the Gospel allows me to love others more, to show more mercy.  Help me not to be afraid of that love and mercy. 

The voice of St. Ignatius Loyola

“Imagining Our Lord Christ present on the Cross, speak with Him.  How did the Creator come to be human and from eternal life come to temporal death and thus die for my sins?”  Ask the Crucified Lord, why did You do this?  Why did You abase Yourself?  Why did You humiliate Yourself so much?

 

 

 

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