Posted by: livingscripture | November 3, 2016

31st Thursday of Ordinary Time

 

From the Word of the Day

 Whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss  because of Christ. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ.       (Philippians 3: 7-8)

 How should we live this Word    Paul 4

It is worth it to pause a moment on Paul’s autobiography where he describes all his credentials for being an observant Jew.  He was of the tribe of Israel, Jewish child of Jewish parents, convinced observer of the Jewish Law, and zealous persecutor of the Church!  He could have enjoyed great advantages from his position in the Hebrew religion.  And yet, he considered all these advantages as loss in comparison to the newness brought by Jesus.  Compared to Jesus of Nazareth, not only were ethnic and religious privileges considered as loss but also any other human advantage was considered by Paul as nothing, even as trash.  The only value that truly counted for Paul was Christ:  everything that was not Him, was to be thrown away.

For him, Christ was never a mere theological abstraction but a living person who communicated with him to transform him interiorly and make him a participant in His own life.  Yes, it deals with a true fusion and symbiosis: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me” (Galatians 2: 20).  Notice how Paul calls Christ ‘my Lord’.  He now has a relationship with Jesus that is intimate and personal, lovingly expressed with the possessive pronoun.  By now, he is lost in Christ, in an immense ocean of love, of life, of light.

 The voice of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Rome, on Virginity

Christ is everything for us.

If you want to heal your wounds, He is the Doctor

If you are thirsty with fever, He is the fountain

If you are oppressed by iniquity, He is justice

If you are in need of help, He is strength

If you fear death, He is life.

If you desire Heaven, He is the way.

If you need food, He is nourishment.

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