Posted by: livingscripture | November 7, 2014

Thirty-first Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.”

 (Philippians 3: 20-21)    

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Paul has already traversed Europe and Asia and his experience as a citizen of the world is well consolidated.  He has understood the value that passes through the various cultures and is now capable of intuiting and finding in every culture the seeds of truth that enable the Gospel of Christ to be retold in new histories and peoples.

Not he takes a further step.  He understands that the citizenship that allows him to be recognized on earth and that regulates our rights and duties, is not everything for Christians.  We have one in heaven that defines us.  There is a place beyond earth where a new birth record identifies us and gives eternal value to what we are here.  Paul did not witness the Transfiguration of Jesus on Tabor, but the accounts of Peter, James, and John must have made him inquire about the beyond, where every aspect of our humanity matures its fullness and total beauty.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my heavenly citizenship, relish it, and fix my eyes upon it as I seek to do what Jesus desires on earth.

Lord, help me to be always aware of my earthly and heavenly citizenship.

The voice of Don Bosco

I present you with a method of living that is short and easy, but sufficient for you to become the consolation of your parents, the honour of your country, and good citizens on earth to then be, one day, fortunate inhabitants of heaven.

 

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