Posted by: livingscripture | November 12, 2015

32nd Thursday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“For Wisdom is an aura of the might of God and a pure effusion of the glory of the Almighty; therefore naught that is sullied enters into her;  for she is the refulgence of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of his goodness.”     

(Wisdom: 7: 2, 26)

How should we live this Wordjesus_throne_1[1]

 The words of the first reading taken from the Book of Wisdom are beautiful, consoling, and even poetic.  They not only refer to the omnipotence of God, His glory, but they also want to help us understand that this omnipotence is loving and pervades our thought and our heart like a precious perfume.    At times, those who are not familiar with God’s Word meditated and prayed feel a sense of fear and reject that immense power.  They are afraid it will crush and destroy them.

Instead, we should reflect on how sweet it is to perceive with our spiritual senses, this effusion of God’s omnipotence and how it is grounded in infinite love.  There is nothing contaminated in it because it is the genuine emanation of a Father, as the Gospel tells us, who gave us the gift of His Son who freed us from sin and death by accepting to die for us.

Someone said, there does not exist a more intense and pure perfume than that emanated by one in Whom flourishes a true, deep love that gave all.  This is an image of the perfume emanated by the glory of God that is united to the image of Light, the one that reflects the action of God under the sign of His infinite goodness.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will dwell on cultivating my spiritual senses and refine those of my body as well so as to arrive at a pure and beautiful intensity of living in my daily life.

Heavenly Father, open me more and more to the ‘wisdom’ that Your Son Jesus came to teach us.  May I never feel His Gospel and the teachings of the Church as a heavy burden, but as the perfume and the light that make my days true, good, and beautiful for Your glory, Lord.

 The Voice of Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti Vasto

 The way of beauty is offered as less inadequate to express both the closeness of an infinitely distant God and the transcendence of His being more intimate to us than we to ourselves.

 

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