Posted by: livingscripture | November 24, 2014

Thirty-fourth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the DayRevelation144000JewsSEALED_250

“These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.  They have been ransomed as the first fruits of the human race for God and the Lamb.  On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.”

 (Revelation 14: 4-5)        

How should we live this Word

This passage from the Book of Revelations attempts to express something ineffable and therefore difficult for us to perceive.  According to the symbolism of the Old Testament, especially the Paschal rite, we know that the best lamb’s throat was cut and then it was eaten, in remembrance of the fact that its blood saved the Israelites from the punishing angel’s sword.

Now the memory of the Lamb killed to save the people, had become the figure for Jesus, the meek Lamb who allowed Himself to be crucified to save us.  It is beautiful to think of this following of faithful people who chose the Lord who died and rose, the Lord who conquers every death.

In eternal life, will we too be in this height of light and joy?  Yes, we will, but only if we are found true, honest, and not part of the sin that seek to ignore God.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord to free me from all falsity.  I will ask Him to make me true, transparent, trustful in Him who is my Truth and my Life. 

Create in me O Lord a clean heart; renew in me a steadfast spirit. (Psalm 50) 

The voice of Saint John Paul II 

Jewish tradition places Psalm 50 on David’s lips as he repents after the Prophet Nathan’s harsh words.  He has reproved David for his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah.  However, the Psalm is enriched in subsequent centuries with the prayers of many other sinners who pick up the themes of a pure heart and the Spirit of God infused in the redeemed, according to the teachings of the Prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel. 

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