Posted by: livingscripture | March 17, 2017

Second Friday of Lent

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY

Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the scriptures:  ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes’? (Matthew 21:42)                       

How shall I live this Word?

What is our life based on?  Is it really the power of the gratuitous love given to us by Christ or is it our comforts that give us security?  In today’s text, we contemplate the suffering Jesus who was rejected, crucified, killed.

We also contemplate our world with all its desire for peace and justice but that all too often wants to build a new reality outside of the death of Christ, the only sign of true Salvation because He overcame death and is alive now in our midst.

Jesus, cornerstone, Jesus who speaks to us with the power of Your handing over, Jesus we want to entrust ourselves to You and build our life in You.

The voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Dying is going home, and yet, people are afraid of what can happen  and so they do not want to die.  If in our death we do not see any mystery, then we have no fear of dying.  However, there is the doubt of conscience, “Maybe I could have done better”.  Almost always, we die as we have lived.  Death is nothing other than the continuation of life, the fulfillment of life.  It is the body that surrenders.  But the heart and soul live forever.  I do not die.  Many religions believe in eternity, in another life.  This life does not have a definitive end.  Those who believe that life finishes forever, fear death.  If these people could have it explained to them well that death is nothing other than returning to the Father’s home, there would no longer be the fear of death.

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