Posted by: livingscripture | November 30, 2014

Last Saturday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“An angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the street.  On either side of the river grew the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.”

 (Revelation 22:1-2)         

 

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The Liturgical year is about to end.  The Liturgy offers us a beautiful text from the Book of Revelation, the last Book of the Bible.  The passage draws a very powerful word picture.  A great river erupts and its source is the very throne of God and of the Lamb who represents the immolation, brought by God’s passionate love for us, in the person of the Incarnate Word, Jesus.

The water of the river is radiantly pure like crystal and irrigates all around it, especially a tree called ‘the tree of life’.  They grow on both sides of the river and nourished by it to the point that they give fruit all year long.  This sacred metaphor evidences the love and grace that flood and vivify the pure of heart.

Yes, Lord, the river of water is Your Grace and You are the Tree of Life is you, and me.  It is everyone who lets themselves be invaded by the life-giving wave of a love that was the Paschal Mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, a mystery that is still operative and alive in those who trust Him and walk with Him, living His Gospel.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let Jesus immerse me in His grace and love. 

Lord, I often feel like the barren fig tree because I lack a generous love.  Be my water that renews me and vivifies me.  Help me to be fruitful for Your glory and the glory of Your Father and for the Church You have given me. 

The voice of St. Augustine

You know what you desire but only God knows what is good for you.

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