Posted by: livingscripture | December 15, 2015

Third Tuesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Thus says the Lord; ‘Woe to the city, rebellious and polluted, to the tyrannical city!  She hears no voice, accepts no correction.  In the Lord she has not trusted, to her God she has not drawn near’.”     

(Zephaniah 3: 2-1)

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 Later on, the same Zephaniah will say as God’s voice, ‘I will change and purify the lips of the peoples, that they all may call upon the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord’.  The prophecy moves in future visions of peace and prosperity promised to all those who return to God.

God does not have a scourge in His hand, but baskets of flowers.  When these flowers are gathered by those who are aware of God’s love for human beings, they are collected in the good soil of the heart, they make seeds that root themselves, and then produce the fruit of a good life.

However, the Lord resists the proud who rebel against His plan of salvation.  He is displeased with those who are avid for illicit pleasures and with those who instead of wanting to establish rapports of justice, cordiality, and goodness toward their neighbors, they oppress them with uncontrolled abuse.  In three lines, the sacred author shows that which today, as yesterday, dwells in the human heart and makes it destructive in its actions.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to purify my lips and my heart of all destructive tendencies, so that my love may flow graciously onto others.

Lord, convert my heart to You and fill me with Your love so that all my thinking, feeling, speaking, and acting may be permeated with justice and a heart ever more decisively turned to You, becoming more pure, meek, and good.  In this way, I will contribute to the building of a more just world.

The Voice of Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolari Movement 

Living the Word makes us free and pure because it is love.  Love purifies with its divine fire, our intentions and all our depths, because, according to the Bible, the heart is the deepest seat of intelligence and will.

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