Posted by: livingscripture | November 18, 2015

33rd Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“A nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.  He called ten of his servants and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return’.”     

(Luke: 19: 12-13)

How should we live this Wordjcheart

 Today is the time of salvation!  Today we must do all we can to keep the gift of Grace God offers us in abundance.

Like Zacchaeus who immediately was converted to mercy and received his Lord, making his money bear fruit, we too must not lose ourselves in reasoning that is digressive and anesthetizing, but rather, convince ourselves that the one and only preoccupation is to recognize the Lord and accept Him in littleness and hiddenness.  This Lord always asks us to raise our gaze, to go out of ourselves, and open our hands and heart toward our sisters and brothers so that what we have received may bear fruit.  He asks this of us ‘today’, here and now, because this is the time in which we ‘His servants’ are waiting for the ‘Man of noble birth – Jesus – to   return!

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall take an inventory of the gifts God has given me and how I am making them bear fruit for the good of my family, neighbors, co-workers, and the world.

Lord Jesus, help me to be aware that the gift of Your Grace, of Your friendship, of being a Child of God  are all ‘gold coins’ that I must not bury, but increase and multiply so that I may say with the Apostle, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me’.  (Galatians 2:20)

 The Voice of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1731)

 Freedom is power rooted in reason and in will, of action and of non-action, of doing this or that, of thus determining deliberate actions.  Thanks to free will, each of us chooses for self.  In humans, freedom is a power for growth and maturation in truth and in goodness.  Freedom reaches its perfection when it is ordered to God, our beatitude.

 

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