Posted by: livingscripture | February 11, 2017

Fifth Saturday of Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat,  he summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat.  If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance..

(Mark 8: 1-3)

How shall I live this Word?

This scene can well be entitled: When love is active tenderness.Bread 2

Jesus in His full humanity, must surely have often felt the weight of that huge crowd of people that made dust fly up as they vociferously followed Him.  But rather than discomfort, it led Him to feel compassion: the tender understanding that comes from the heart; the one that arrives at an active love.  In that same situation, others could have easily thought: I am here to carry out a very important task and I will do it in the best of ways.  This is what I have come to do; not anything else.  My task is purely spiritual.  They can take care of themselves for the rest.

Jesus does not fall into spiritualism, the sickness of the spirit.  He became human, He: the Word, the second Person of the Trinity, to share and understand our depths.  He never gave into excessive pretentions for the body; not for Himself nor for others.  At the same time, neither did He crush or harshly mortify the just demands of the body, in Himself or in regard to others.

Dear Lord Jesus, true God and true man, You shared our human situation even in respect to the body, but without closing yourself in this sector.  Thus the egoism that sometimes leads us to justify our excesses, never was a motive for Your actions.

The voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The less we have, the more we give.  It seems absurd, but this is the logic of love.

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