Posted by: livingscripture | October 4, 2015

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“The Lord said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone: I want to give him a helper like him.”

(Genesis 2: 18))

How should we live this Wordfrancis_stigmata_large[1]

 At the beginning of the whole history of salvation, at the beginning of the Bible itself, we immediately come upon this Good News.  In fact, we become aware that God loves all people and wants them to be serene and content.  The complementarity between men and women was wanted by God to avoid that terrible evil of feeling alone, unsought, unwanted, unloved.  However, for a man and a woman to find consoling company in each other, they are called to empty themselves as much as possible of their egoistic tendency; that is, they need to prefer the other to self.

A man married for years once confided that he began to live in peace when he got over his presumed rights of possession and acquired an ever new and re-conquered attitude of gratuity.  He finally understood what love meant!  It is born of the gift of oneself, never from pretending that it is the others who must first love us.

A vital process is started then that is usually unstoppable.  The person who perceives to be loved begins to love and the reciprocity continually renews life. This is true.  There may be difficult times for many reasons, but the continuance of love gratuitously given is this: you receive as much as you give.  Rather, you receive more than you give because God is on your side if you try to love, always ready to understand, and to forgive when this is necessary.  This happens for a reason that is at the root of what we have said.  It is a Biblically revealed root:  “God is love” (1 John 4: 16).

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder God’s gratuitous love for me and my way of loving God and others.

Infinite thanks, Lord!  I am a consecrated person and I have chosen to remain a virgin for Christ, but I find many couples who are beautiful and ardent in their reciprocal love.  They are the wealth and light of the Church and of the world in today’s history.

 

The Voice of Europe’s Patron, St. Francis of Assisi

 Where there is darkness, let me bring light”. 

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