Posted by: livingscripture | January 25, 2015

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

(Mark 1: 15)

 How should we live this Wordcommunity

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me to see events in the light of faith in Him.Today closes the Week of Christian Unity.  These days help us to meditate on how our past history has made steps ahead as well as backwards on the way of communion.  Time has sometimes divided persons who were in the same faith and at other times, has united them.  Even today, our choices allow this Kingdom of God to arrive completely among ourselves, but obstacles come between and they are many.  There are fears, prejudices, indifference; evil interpretations that make faith coincide with religion, with political power, with the State, and with economic interests.  The invitation to conversion with which Mark opens his Gospel goes to the root of the problem, even in this situation.  We are scandalized and sorrowful due to the persecutions that Christians still undergo today.  We cry over the death of innocent victims in every terrorist and fundamentalist massacre, but if our heart is not radically converted to the Gospel, we find that we scarcely take notice of the murderers who have become the judges of others and have forgotten the mercy that runs through faith in Jesus.

Lord, let us not desist in the effort toward ecumenical communion, rather let it spread through an evangelization that does not fear dialogue with cultures and religious expressions that are different in the continuous and honest search for You, lover of life.

The Voice of an indigenous melody for the Week of Christian Unity 

God of eternal compassion, as individuals and as communities, we ask light to become more welcoming and understanding toward others and to alleviate the world’s suffering. 

God of eternal compassion, teach Your children charity, hospitality, and unity as expressions of Your revelation and of Your will for humanity.

God of eternal compassion, we implore You to give us peace.  Teach us and guide us so that we may become builders of a world that is tolerant and not violent.

 O God of eternal compassion who has spoken through Your creation and then through the prophets, and finally through Your Son Jesus Christ, grant us wisdom to listen to Your voice that calls us to unity in diversity.

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