Posted by: livingscripture | November 25, 2015

34th Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”     

(Luke: 21: 5)

How should we live this Wordcbconsolator_t[1]

 Perseverance is the art of the vigilant person.  It is not synonymous with patience or repetitive behaviors.  Rather, it is resistance, continuing to search, entrusting one’s reason to faith.  It is not stubbornness, but trustfulness.  St. John expresses it as “remain in my love; live in Me”.  Perseverance leads to the beatitude of being persecuted.  “Blessed are you when they insult you, persecute you, and lying, say all kinds of evil against you for my name’s sake.  (Cf. Mt. 5: 11)

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect how Jesus clearly tells us what fidelity to Him comports.  It may be frightening, but I will be with Jesus and, therefore, I am safe and loved.

Lord, what can separate me from You?  Neither violence, or abuse, or injustice, or calumny or death can separate me from the love that unites me to You!

 The Voice of Romans 8: 35-39

 What can separate us from the love of Christ…perhaps tribulation, anguish, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, the sword? 

But in all these things we are more than victors thanks to the one who has loved us.  In fact, I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor the present or the future, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature can ever separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

 

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