Posted by: livingscripture | November 6, 2014

Thirty-first Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Brothers and sisters, we are the circumcision, we who worship through the Spirit of God.”

 (Philippians 3: 3)            

How should we live this Word apostel_paul2

The power of Paul’s words in affirming the newness of Christ is not weakened in difficult situations.  Many people persecute him, but the most painful situations are procured through his compatriots who are unsuccessful in changing paradigm.  They do not see Christ as the fulfillment of what the Old Testament had introduced.  The Spirit of Christ is blocked by the practices; religion has become an obstacle to faith through the forms of piety it has assumed.

For example, circumcision was a practice that spoke of belonging to God, to His chosen people.  Now, it is no longer needed because what God wants is a circumcised heart, one that is converted, consecrated to God.  Signs like Baptism will say the same thing and imprint on the flesh an indelible belonging because it is desired, accepted, and involves the person even more radically in following the Lord Jesus.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will look into my heart to reflect on its conversion to God.  I will thank God for the gift of my Baptism that imprints on me His divine image. 

Lord, help us to let go of practices that are ineffective in order to embrace worship that celebrates the vitality of God’s presence in me and in everyone. 

The voice of the Catechesis of St. Cyril, Bishop

I advise you to carry this faith with you as provision for the journey all the days of your life and never take any other one even if we should change ideas and teach something contrary to what we have taught until now.  Even if an angel of evil, changing itself into an angel of light, should tempt you into error, do not change.  “Even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a Gospel different from the one we have preached, let it be anathema!” (Galatians 1: 8)

 

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