Posted by: livingscripture | January 15, 2015

First Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“The Holy Spirit says, ‘Oh, that today you would hear his voice, harden not your hearts’.”

(Hebrews 3: 7-8) 

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We must specify something; what God reveals to us is not a command but a promise that can dilate our heart.  It regards the manifestation of Himself as entirely love and mercy in His Son Jesus.  This is the heart of our Christian faith.  This passage recalls how the Hebrews, already near the Promised Land, doubt, hesitate, become fearful.  The Lord acts accordingly, “You will not enter into my rest!” Today, not tomorrow or after tomorrow, is the important adverb.  It must be immediately!  What does hearing the Lord’s voice mean?  It means listening, really paying attention to His Word that is intimately connected with His loving Presence.  He speaks to me in the intimacy of my conscience.  It is always urgent to avoid hardening of the heart.  It hardens when it is closed in on itself, marginalizing the memory of God and His love, with the consequent perversion of an egoism that strangulates and devastates life.

Our exodus today from a variety of ‘egypts’ and entrance into the land of intimacy with God promised by the Gospel, is possible for ‘we have become partners of Christ’.  These are the exact words of the sacred text.  Do we believe them?

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will bask in this wonderful sun of God’s promises in my life.  He wants me to enter into the dynamics of faith, hope, and charity that redeem the fatigue and grayness of some days.  He wants me to accept His, “do not be afraid.  I am with you”, because living with Him means experiencing even difficulties and obstacles as occasions of growth, of human-divine maturation.

I believe, Lord, I believe!  Increase my faith!

 The Voice of Pope St. John Paul II 

Do not be afraid.  Open wide the doors to Christ.



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