Posted by: livingscripture | November 5, 2014

Thirty-first Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“For God is the one who, for his good purpose, works in you both to desire and to work.”

 (Philippians 2: 13)          

How should we live this WordPaul

It is awesome how such a deep reflection on acting and doing emerges in a writing elaborated in seclusion!  While yet young, Paul is serving time in prison in Ephesus and he does not know how it will end.  In the meantime, he keeps in contact with his followers, even in the midst of the continual presence of his friends in Philippi who do not forget him or abandon him in that situation.  In fact, this letter shows Paul’s grateful affection for these people while he is prevented from acting.  He offers a special reflection on the value of action and working in our Christian experience.

He is pleased with their efforts to help him, not only with their remembrance and their prayers, but also with the witness of love and communion they share in God and by which they are bound in a fraternity translated into concrete action and good works.

Here Paul affirms the strict tie between being and doing and the importance of our involvement in our everyday tasks with mind and heart.  He points out the importance of solidarity, of thinking of others, of bringing the mindset of Christ into the world at every level.  Paul helps us see the synthesis of prayer and action, of morality and the defense of its values.  Spirit and body are not opposed but must work in synergy for the good of all and for the Love of God.

Jesus’ Incarnation revolutionized worship, restored meaning and significance to the body and gave value to gestures and words that express affection.  Paul sees that God arouses in us the capacity to join being and doing so that we may express God’s will in our life and give shape to God’s love.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me shape the totality of my being, both spirit and body, by working and praying for His Kingdom on earth.

Lord, You have begun a good work in me, grant that my energies may bring it to completion with Your help. 

The voice of Pope Francis

Christian life must be a dialogue with Jesus because, it is true, Jesus is always with us. He is always with us in our problems, in our difficulties, in our good works.




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