Posted by: livingscripture | January 29, 2015

Third Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“Who can ascend the mountain of the Lord?  Or who may stand in His holy place?  He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean, who desires not what is vain.”

(Psalm 24)

How should we live this WordJesus_039_small

Therefore, it is not true that no one has seen God.  Even before Jesus, those of pure heart have seen the desired face of God.  At the time of Jesus, the same pure hearts recognized Him and received Him as God’s Son, the revelation of the Father’s face.  Instead, many contemporaries lost the occasion and did not see Him.  Even today, those with pure hearts see God’s face.  It means allowing ourselves be brought to the Transfiguration, to the closest Mount Tabor, letting Heaven and earth find a meeting in us.  It means prolonging Jesus’ Incarnation in ourselves.Jesus will summarize this Psalm with a Beatitude – Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God!

It is a healthy mystical experience, not made of visions but of the affectionate contemplation of women and men and of their story, of passion for people and happenings, of loving dedication to the good, to the Good News to proclaim, to the fulfillment of the promise desired and seen.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I shall dwell in God’s presence and see Him in my heart.

Lord, the desire to see Your face helps me to remain in even the most contradictory situations of our times.  Keep my heart pure, meek, simple, and receptive. 

The Voice of Raimon Panikkar 

Purification of the heart…have no fear of self or of others.  This is the new innocence.  The mystery of life is that evil exists, that tensions cannot be suppressed, and we are inside all this.  We must do all that is possible, without being dominated and without ever thinking we possess absolute truth.

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