Posted by: livingscripture | October 15, 2015

Feast of St. Teresa of Avila

From the Word of the Day

“Now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, though testified to by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.”     

(Romans 3: 21-22)

How should we live this WordTeresa

 Let us remember that the word ‘righteousness’ has a very broad and deep meaning in the Bible.  Above all, it means the holiness of God that is one with His magnanimity.  Both in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets, the two pillars of the Old Testament, righteousness is revealed as a light that powerfully illumines and encourages the human journey.  Here, St. Paul adds a very important affirmation: righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.  Thus, God’s righteousness is this great light, which works in us today on the condition that we believe in the person: thoughts, sentiments, words, and actions of Jesus Christ.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that salvation comes from Him; that salvation is Jesus Himself, but I must open wide the doors of my heart and my life to that ‘faith operative in charity’.

Lord, I believe.  Increase my faith so that it may be active and make me ever more capable of receiving Your righteousness, that is Your holiness working with infinite love.

 The Voice of St. Teresa of Avila, Carmelite and Doctor of the Church

 Holiness does not consist in doing harder things every day, but in doing them every time with greater love.

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