Posted by: livingscripture | October 16, 2015

28th Friday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?  Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.  Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  Do not be afraid.  You are worth more than many sparrows.”     

(Luke 12: 6-7)

How should we live this WordimagesCAB54S33

 This is a very suggestive and tender example, an affirmation that elicits courage and consolation for all who believe in God’s Word.  Jesus spoke these words before a huge crowd that was so great they were trampling one another.  He had come to the heart of His teaching, which is the revelation of the Father’s infinite tenderness in His desire that all of us be saved.  However, He had started with a truth that was very painful, that of discovering the mask on the faces of some of His listeners who did not believe Him.

“Beware of the leaven that is, the hypocrisy, of the Pharisees”, He had said.  It is not hard to imagine the reaction of many who, in the midst of the crowd, felt the sting of their own inauthenticity.

This time and all the other times that Jesus had whipped the lies of wanting to appear other than what one is, He had in a certain sense built piece by piece, His condemnation to death without ever retreating.  Yet, how much light He gives us in these choices of His.  The Lord puts us on guard.  The temptation to run after what shines but is nothing is the fatal danger to our peace.  In fact, it is this false light that impedes us from receiving in our depths the truth that counts: to know that we are loved.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will dwell at length on God’s great love for me personally, a love that never changes or diminishes.

Lord, I ask You to free me today from every mania to appear what I am not.  Help me to simply be what I am, a creature infinitely loved and held in the net of the Father’s Providence so that nothing can truly harm me.

 The Voice of G. K. Chesterton, Famous Christian Author

 We have the right to doubt ourselves but never the truth.  Today, everyone believes precisely in that part of humanity that they should not believe in: one self.  And they doubt exactly the part in which they should not doubt: divine reason.


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