Posted by: livingscripture | May 25, 2015

Solemnity of Mary Help of Christians – Eighth Week in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the DayMary

“Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the Kingdom of God!’  The disciples were amazed at his words.  So Jesus again said to them in reply, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God’.  They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, ‘Then who can be saved?’  Jesus looked at them and said, ‘for men it is impossible, but not for God.  All things are possible for God’.”  (Mark 10: 23-27)

How should we live this Word

 Why must Christians be poor if they want to say they are following Jesus?  This seems to be an essential condition for His followers to enter the Kingdom of God!  Yes, to follow Jesus we need to choose poverty!  It is a poverty that is expressed in an attitude of deep welcome, an attitude dear to Jesus, that of children!  It means to receive the gift of God; to receive the gift of the moment, with simplicity and trust, without trusting in ourselves, thinking we can save ourselves by ourselves.

This is not only difficult for rich people, but for everyone, because no one is naturally disposed to be in an attitude of simple reception of God’s gratuitous gift.  We must learn to receive, to welcome, to make room in our heart and mind, letting them be filled with God’s Love.  This may seem to be a passive choice, but it hides great strength and a strong will.  This is poverty; freeing ourselves from ourselves, from our plans, from our dependencies, from our desire to save ourselves by our power.  It means receiving all of life as God’s gift.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will abandon myself to Jesus, trusting Him totally every moment of my life.

Into Your hands O Lord, I entrust my spirit!


The Voice of Don Bosco

Trust Mary and you will see what miracles are.

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