Posted by: livingscripture | October 18, 2015

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.”     

(Hebrews 4: 16)

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 In last week’s Gospel, Jesus makes the affirmation that “Only God is good”.  In His words, the provocation is evident to look at our language and clean it of messages that are subtle, imprecise, ambiguous, and exploitive, revealing a mistaken idea of God and, as a consequence, an incorrect approach to Him.  He can be thought of as one to adulate, seduce, attract with one’s good works.  Today, the second reading from the Letter to the Hebrews shows a correct approach to seek God and to go to Him.  We must go with trust in Him.  We must go to the throne of His grace.

With this expression, the author imagines Christ as a victorious King who shares with the Father and the Spirit, the government of the Kingdom.  God’s Kingdom has nothing to do with earthly expressions of temporal power.  The images that explain it are rather, “enter into His rest” of Psalm 94; “the green pastures” of Psalm 22.  Places of peace, of communion, of intense places of relationship, where working, acting that does and undoes, are overcome by dwelling, and intimately recognizing that we are face to face with God.  They are places where the imprint discovers its substance (Cf. Hebrews 1: 3) and is opened to every creature made in His image and likeness.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall ponder all the mercy and grace that await me because they are the substance of the Kingdom.  There is nothing to conquer; all to receive.  In other words, this is love, the true, first, and matrix of every expression of love.  It is a love that suffers, excuses, consoles, and with patience waits, respects and protects.

Lord, we prepare for the Jubilee of Mercy.  Let us meet the true mercy of God, not an idol of our imagination made in our likeness.  Let this encounter with mercy make us merciful without limits!

 The Voice of Psalm 33

 See, the eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for his kindness, to deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine.

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