Posted by: livingscripture | October 24, 2015

29th Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day


“But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”     

(Luke 13: 4)

How should we live this Wordpppas0244

 The crowd is questioning Jesus as usual.  From the signs of the weather, Jesus passes to the news.  They tell Him of a cruel and unnecessary massacre committed by Pilate against some Galileans, killed together with the animals of sacrifice they were about to offer.  Jesus answers the news with a question.  Were they guiltier than others to perish as they did?  He also has recourse to another news event that obliges the crowd to reflect on who is more sinful.

Like a refrain, His assertion obliges them to think in a way that upsets their idea of sin, of sinners, of punishment.  “No, I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did”.  The problem is not in measuring the quantity of sin or the gravity of the incidents because they cannot be compared and there is no proportion for this reality.  The question is to arouse repentance that increases the desire to avoid evil, big or little as it may be.  We must arrive at repentance, at the desire for conversion, and to the actions that evidence this conversion.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me to avoid all sin and to act in His Light and Truth always.

Lord, help me with Your love to recognize my sin and to distance myself from it for love of You.

 The Voice of Pope Francis

 The Word of God is able to change everything, but we do not always have the courage to believe in God’s Word, to receive that Word which heals us internally.  We need to remember the Word of God, to guard it, to vigil, and to obey God’s Word to begin to live a new, converted life.


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