Posted by: livingscripture | January 27, 2016

Third Wednesday in Ordinary Time

 

 

From the Word of the Day

 Again he began to teach them by the lakeside, but such a huge crowd gathered round him that he got into a boat on the water and sat there. The whole crowd was at the lakeside on land.  He taught them many things in parables, and in the course of his teaching, he said to them, ‘Listen!”.

                                      (Mark 4: 1-3a)

 How should we live this Word t_Jesus_the_Teacher024

Jesus’ preaching often takes place in the beautiful temple of creation.  It is stimulating to note that Jesus makes maximum contact with the nature surrounding Him.  Here, He is sitting in a boat that is gently rocked by the waves.  The crowd is on the shore.

This already says a lot about the sovereignty Jesus exercises, not only over humanity but over the entire cosmos.  Jesus does not speak so as to be acclaimed a great speaker.  He speaks so that He can be understood.  Thus, He proposes parables; short stories that have at heart a teaching for life. This is the reason Jesus urges the people to try to do what is a priority for a life aimed to be authentically human and Christian: Listening.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will quiet myself in exterior and interior peace and listen to the voice of Jesus speaking to me through His Word.

Yes, my Lord, I will invoke the Holy Spirit so that I may read Your Word in calm so that He may illumine me and help me to interiorize Your life teaching, sure that little by little, my life will change.  It will become blessed, open to the vast horizons where having is at the service of being and being is the joy of loving.  Thus, all my days will be a joyful and persevering gift. 

The Voice of George Bernanos, French Author

The desire to pray is already a prayer.

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