Posted by: livingscripture | November 24, 2015

34th Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the DayimagesCAKZ3W95

“While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All that you see here – the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”     

(Luke: 21: 5)

How should we live this Word

 Jesus courageously continues His catechesis on the temple and seeks to draw the people’s attention away from appearances, ostentation, and wealth that seems to have become the priority for everyone’s mind and heart.  Only what is precious from the viewpoint of being artistic and economical has value.  This is applied to persons, to things, to situations.  It is a perverse tendency to perfection that is nourished only by the ephemeral.  Jesus is not negating the beautiful and the good that human beings produce.  He is condemning appearances, false beauty.  He is condemning the temptation to stop at this as an absolute, forgetting the Author of beauty who is God.

The danger of which Jesus speaks puts us on guard against getting lost in what are only appearances, altering the sense of reality, and leading us to trust what from one moment to another can betray, delude, disappear, destroy itself, and destroy us.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me see persons and things and events with His eyes so that I may distinguish what is real and lasting from what is false and passing.

Lord, even exalting religion at the cost of faith in You makes us commit errors that can be terrible and lead us to exchange the true, the good, and the beautiful for that which is absolutely not.  Help me to grow in faith and trust in You and not get lost in formalities, enjoyment of rites, ostentation, and appearances.

 The Voice of Galatians 6: 14; 1 Corinthians 1: 1)

 Let there be no other joy for us than in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The word of the cross by which we have been saved is the power of God.

 

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