Posted by: livingscripture | December 10, 2015

Second Thursday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Amen, I say to you, among those born of woman there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force.  All the prophets and the law have prophesied up to the time of John.  And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come.  Whoever has ears ought to hear.”     

(Matthew 11: 11-15`)

How should we live this Wordimage078- worship

 Jesus praises John the Baptist and shows him great esteem and affection.  He says of John that he is the greatest among mortal beings born of woman; greater than Abraham, Moses, and Elijah.  In him, all preceding history flows together to erupt into its completion.

Who are the violent who take the Kingdom by force?  They are the ones, who, like the Baptist, know how to divest themselves of all worldly things; home, clothing, food, their very life to be clad by what is not of this world.  They fight against their egoism, their desire for power, and whatever is not in conformity with God’s will.  This is how the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence.  The Kingdom of heaven is of the poor, the persecuted, of those who undergo evil without doing it.  The meek will inherit the earth.  The meek are those who are strong enough to accept violence against them without reciprocating it, to the point of turning the other cheek.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me be among those who carry the Kingdom of Heaven away by ‘violence’, the humble and meek with Gospel violence.

Blessed are the meek.  Grant us Your meekness Lord!  Prepare me for Your birth!

 The Voice of Pope Francis in his Urbi et Orbi Message 2015

 The world seeks at any cost to impose itself, to compete, to overcome.  But Christians, by the grace of Christ, dead and risen, are the shoots of another humanity in which they seek to live at the service of each other, avoiding arrogance, but available and respectful.  This is not weakness, but true strength!  Those who carry within themselves God’s power, love, and justice do not need to use violence.  They speak and act with the power of truth, of beauty, and of love.



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