Posted by: livingscripture | November 14, 2014

Thirty-second Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“I ask you, not as though I were writing a new commandment but the one we have had from the beginning: let us love one another.  For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning, in which you should walk.”

 (2 John 1:5-6)   


How should we live this Word imagesCAAP5NO9

Today’s Liturgy presents us with the second Letter of the Apostle John.  It is a very brief letter but one of great importance because the summary of the whole Gospel of Jesus is contained in His ‘New Commandment’.  It is a message especially timely for today when we are often prone to fragment the Gospel, sometimes emphasizing only secondary aspects.

In his letter, St. John concentrates on the essential, forcefully re-proposing the commandment taken from the beginning: walk in love.  It is a stupendous invitation that opens the mind and heart and urges us toward broader and ever newer horizons!

When we lose sight of these limitless spaces, we run the risk of losing ourselves in a jungle of secondary precepts that make our life suffocating and heavy.  Then it is truly the case to make a serious examination of conscience and ask ourselves: is the commandment of love truly at the center and in first place for our choices in the spiritual life?  The well-known words of St. Augustine cited below, could be an excellent guide for this discernment.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will listen to God’s voice in the depths of my soul. 

Lord, open my heart to Your Word and my will to do as You command. 

The voice of St. Augustine, Church Doctor 

Once and for all, therefore, you are given a brief precept: love and do what you will.  When you are silent, be silent for love.  When you speak, speak for love.  When you correct, correct for love.  When you forgive, forgive for love.  Let the root of love be in you because from this root only good can come.



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