Posted by: livingscripture | February 20, 2015

Friday after Ash Wednesday

From the Word of the Day 

“Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?  The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”   

 (Matthew 9: 15)   

 How should we live this WordBread from heaven 1

Yes, He is the Spouse of the Church and of each one of us who believe in the Gospel and live it.  He is the presence that counts the most in our life.  Also because He lovingly but decisively draws us out of a life that is banal and lacking in love.  “This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.  Then your light shall break forth like the dawn.”  (Isaiah 58: 6-8)The question John’s disciples ask Jesus is very interesting.  They are preoccupied because they do not see in Jesus the same behavior as their guide.  It clarifies a difference that is always latent even in the life of the Church.  Is not perhaps the necessary ascetism brought to the point of exasperation and even heresy?  And in the opposite direction, there have also appeared other heretics who preached a Christianity without the cross, so accommodating to the yearning of an instinctive egoism.  However, Jesus’ response in this passage not only clarifies what is obscure in the mind of His questioners, but also reveals the identity of Jesus.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me do the kind of ‘fasting’ that pleases Him, which is helping those in need as much as I can.

Lord, help me to meet You in truth.  Let me know You as my Spouse, as the ardent center of my life!

 The Voice of Pope Francis, Discourse 2013

 Sometimes it seems that God does not respond to evil, that He remains silent.  In reality, God has spoken, has responded, and His response is the Cross of Christ.  It is a Word that is love, mercy, forgiveness.

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