Posted by: livingscripture | October 29, 2015

30th Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“What will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?  In all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. ”     

(Romans 8: 35-39)

How should we live this Wordpaul9[1]

 Today’s first reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans helps us discover the impassioned love that the Apostle had for His Lord.  It is a sublime hymn of God’s love toward the redeemed that nothing can ever break.

Paul is recalling the many external and visible signs of his risky missionary travels: the anguish, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword; as well as the invisible ones and even of evil spirits.  Yet, none of these could ever “separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”.  Paul assures us that the Love of God in Christ Jesus is such a powerful force, a strong chain that nothing created can ever break.  Paul says we conquer ‘overwhelmingly’.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that, notwithstanding all the difficulties and temptations, nothing can separate me from God’s love, thus there is never reason to be discouraged or desperate for I am held in the loving arms of my Father who will never let me go.

Jesus, help me to trust Your love for me implicitly and always.

 The Voice of the Liturgy

 Lord, grant that Your people may always live in veneration and love for Your holy name because You never cease to guide those You have established on the solid rock of Your love.

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