Posted by: livingscripture | February 8, 2015

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John…The whole town was gathered at the door.”     (Mark 1: 29-33)   

How should we live this Wordjesus14

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me remain with Him always to proclaim His Good News wherever I am and with whomever I meet.The synagogue is no longer the place of encounter with God, but the home.  At the threshold of the house, the confine between ‘inside and outside’, between the ‘old and the new’, Jesus proclaims the Word, casts out devils, frees the sick.  He is the Door.   He is the passage, the propitious moment, the favorable occasion.  Following the example of their Teacher, the disciples cannot hide behind their positions.  Like the Teacher, they are at the threshold to announce the Gospel.  They are at the confines and there, alone with Jesus, they know how to recognize the Newness that runs through their life and that of others.

Lord, give me the courage to be on the threshold with You, to be the threshold with You, in You, for You, so that I may let Your Newness penetrate the root of evil and even in the ‘tomb’ of my life there may rise the will to live, to hope, to love. 

The Voice of Pope Francis 

The image of the door recurs frequently in the Gospel and recalls that of the home, of the domestic hearth where we find safety, love, and warmth.  Jesus tells us that there is a door that makes us enter the family of God, into the warmth of God’s home, into communion with Him.  This door is Jesus Himself.  He is the Door.  He is the passage to salvation.  He leads us to the Father.  This door that is Jesus is never closed, this door is never closed.  It is always open to everyone, without distinction, without exclusion, without privileges. 

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