Posted by: livingscripture | January 20, 2015

Second Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”

(Mark 2: 27)

 How should we live this Wordfields of grain

Only if we have hearts and minds that are ‘new’, free of prejudices, attachments, egoism can we be penetrated by the splendid and renewing life of the Gospel and receive Christ the Spouse, and love Him fully.  Jesus also avoids a double danger.  One is the desire to justify any violation of the law, considering it a limitation on one’s freedom.  The other is blind legalism that suffocates all true human needs.Jesus shows His friendship and His understanding by defending the disciples accused of violating the Sabbath because they were picking heads of grain.  At the same time, He renders the Sabbath relative by putting the value of the person in first place.  Going against all rigidity and fanaticism, he highlights mercy and openness to fundamental human values, which are superior to any blind vision of the law.

The discerning point is precisely love toward God and others, the divine norm written in the human heart for its authentic good, avoiding all abuse and closure.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will examine my actions and seek to discern the supreme norm that guides my words and my actions.  It is true love of God or, on the contrary, the untouchable application of a norm or libertine violation due to my egoism?

Help me, Lord, to be attentive to persons so that my every word and action may seek the good and love, not my interests or a formalistic observation of the law. 

The Voice of the Prayer for the Unity of Christians 2015

O God, You are with us and walk together with us.  Grant us this day the grace of Your Light and of Your Spirit so that we may continue our mission and remain faithful in welcoming and listening to others, even those who are different from us.  Make our Churches welcoming places where feast and forgiveness, joy and tenderness, strength and faith become every day practices, daily food, and the continuous advancing towards Jesus Christ.

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