Posted by: livingscripture | March 23, 2017

Third Thursday of Lent

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. (Luke 11: 23b)

How shall I live this Word?

These words of Jesus come at a hard moment in His life, when He is continually attacked by the evil tongues of His adversaries.  They have gone so far as to say that His miracles were the fruit of a secret understanding with Beelzebub, the head of the demons.  They said this out of their great envy.  Jesus remains calm and clarifies His identity by saying the incontestable truth that He is of divine nature.  God is Truth: the source of every truth; therefore, turning one’s back on Jesus, the Truth of the Father, means turning one’s back on what is substantially true.

What sense does a life have if it abandons the road of the Whole Truth, expressed by Jesus in His Gospel?

The image I have in mind is that of the pearl of great price.  It could be sold or traded, and bring incredible wealth.  Instead, the man loses it and never gives a thought to finding it again.  This person would be considered crazy, good for nothing, dissipating in a moment all his possessions.

Thus it is in life.  How easy it is to lose it, to dissipate it, to make our days meaningless, filling them with preoccupations about empty actions that are even evil at times.

Guide me Lord, grasp my heart and will so that my days may be redeemed constantly by Your Truth, illuminated, embraced, valued by Your being Love.

The voice of Pope Francis at Morning Meditation, church of St. Martha, 10/11/13

Thus, these are the criteria for responding to the challenges posed by the devil in the world: the certainty that “Jesus fights against the devil; that those who are not with Jesus, are against Jesus; vigilance”.  We must keep in mind that “the devil is astute; he is never cast out forever; only on the last day will he be”. This is why it is necessary to be vigilant.  “This is his strategy: you became a Christian, go ahead in your faith and I will leave you tranquil.  But then, when you are discouraged and not very vigilant and you feel secure, I will return”.

 

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