Posted by: livingscripture | January 13, 2015

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“In subjecting all things to him, he left nothing not ‘subject to him’.  Yet at present we do not see ‘all things subject to him,’ but we do see ‘Jesus crowned with glory and honor’.”

(Hebrews 2: 8) 

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Yet, we still traverse a history in which good and evil struggle with each other, where even good people are not entirely so.  Within us light and darkness struggle in situations that are not yet definitively resolved.    The easiest temptation is that of discouragement.This may seem like a contradiction but it is not.  John the evangelist writes that “through him all was made of what exists”.  Paul affirms that everything has its being in Him.  Therefore, it is clear that Christ Jesus is the sovereign of the universe, ‘the king and center, above all, of hearts”.

It is very important to assimilate what the Word tells us in reality while at the same time we must never cease to believe in the power of Jesus’ name, clinging to Jesus with our heart and our entire being.  When today’s Gospel says, “Quiet!  Come out of him!” to the devil that had possessed a poor man, it reveals to us even today an authority that is divine-human power of salvation.  Our journey of light and darkness in situations in which Christ’s victory over evil is not immediately discernible, is only a trial that increases our faith.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me avoid discouragement when it seems that God is absent from our history.  I will invoke Jesus and ask Him to repeat, ‘Quiet…come out’ when within me there are subtle feelings that do not favor a ‘yes’ to God’s will and are opposed to the concrete exercise of fraternal charity.

Lord, precisely because I believe in Your love and in Your active power as Savior, I beg You to grant that my faith may become active in thoughts, attitudes, and gestures of charity and Christian hope. 

The Voice of the Adult Catechism

The Lord Jesus does not impose His power externally, but rather attracts hearts interiorly with the gift of the Holy Spirit.  He needs our cooperation.  Reconciliation has the character of a tiring and patient struggle against evil.  History is not unstoppable progress or fatal decadence, but an open process entrusted to our responsibility.


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