From the Word of the Day
This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
(Mark 7: 6)
Worship that is detached from faith and life becomes the expression of sterility, faithful only to the Law and to human interests. This attitude often aroused the anger of Jesus. As in the page of today’s Gospel, people are always able to reject God’s commandment in order to obey traditions they have created. This happens today as well.
The forms of religious fundamentalism have made this scission definitive today. Forgetting God’s face of love, they live ablutions, rites, rules that invade human experience in all its expressions. Obligations include how to dress, to eat, to use free time, and also relationships are considered dangerous if allow the use of reason and sentiments. Violence, the refusal to dialogue, disrespect toward persons take first place in a definitive way. They sweep away what is most beautiful in the Good News, the discovery of God as Love, the beauty of loving in Him even our enemies, of seeing His Face in every creature, and the possibility of living spiritual worship.
“Thus, I exhort you, for God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice pleasing to God. This is your spiritual worship”. (Romans 12:2)
In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to illumine me with His light that I may always follow His way.
Lord, help me to give the reason for my faith but without wars, barriers, divisions, or prejudice. You are the greatest value; all the rest passes away.
The Voice of Pope Francis
For everyone, Lent of this Jubilee Year is, therefore, a favorable time to finally put aside our own existential alienation, thanks to listening to the Word and to the works of mercy.
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Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA