Posted by: livingscripture | May 30, 2015

Eighth Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Jesus and his disciples returned once more to Jerusalem.  As he was walking in the temple area, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders approached him and said to him, ‘By what authority are you doing these things? Or who gave you authority to do them?’.”            (Mark 11: 27-28)

How should we live this Wordt_Jesus_the_Teacher002

 Jesus taught and acted with extraordinary authority and the priests need to know by whose authority He acts.  Who gave Him permission?  When we do not understand something, we always need the security of papers or sound permissions that tranquilize our conscience and justify actions without casting aside the order reached by the repetition of facts.  Jesus did not come to justify our indolence, but to awaken the life in us to give it to us in abundance.

Faith is a risk, a leap in the dark, abandonment.  To lean on God’s fidelity in the darkness of intelligence and in the emptiness of every security, opens infinite divine horizons to us and helps us to go out of ourselves in order to enter into God’s way of seeing.  This leads us to become fully human, made in His image and likeness.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will repeat to Jesus my trust in Him at each moment.

Lord, help me to trust You, to live Your Word each day.  Give me the courage I need to do this.

The Voice of Pope Francis

When there is no prophecy in God’s people, the emptiness it leaves becomes occupied with clericalism.  It is precisely this kind of clericalism that asks Jesus, “By what authority do You do these things?  Who gave You permission?”  If the memory of the promise and the hope to go ahead are reduced to the present alone, there is no hopeful past or future.  The present is legal; if it is legal, go ahead.

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