Posted by: livingscripture | January 24, 2015

Saturday of Week Two in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“They set out to seize him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind’.”

(Mark 3: 21)

 How should we live this Wordholy Face 3

Jesus teaches us to go out of our small and banal human preoccupations to open ourselves to the folly of love and of the cross; to put in first place the demands of God, to put aside our petty, middle class preoccupations, our advantageous and pragmatic interests.  Being with Jesus calls for a profound change of mentality, a radical conversion to God’s way of thinking, accepting His plans and letting ourselves be disrupted by His newness. Jesus was subject to a lot of misunderstanding on the part of persons who were close to Him; even His own relatives who thought He was somewhat crazy and therefore wanted to keep Him under strict control.  When He seems to be beyond human plans and logic, He finds opposition from others.  He is outside their comfort zones, interests, fame.  He is not egoistical, but gives Himself entirely to love and to the demands of a needy and sinful humanity.  Today’s Gospel passage expresses two opposing mentalities: that of Christ who wants to give Himself without reserve; and that of His relatives who are interested in their good name and seek to control His actions.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask God the Father to help me leave aside my self-interests, the fears of my ego, in order to enter into the limitless and freeing love that He gives me in His Son.

Dear Father, help me to leave aside all that holds me back from entering into Your infinite Love.  Help me to think like You! 

The Voice of St. Francis de Sales

Self-love dies only when we die.  It knows many ways to retreat back in our soul.  We can never dislodge it.

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