Posted by: livingscripture | June 12, 2017

Tenth Monday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 12, 2017

Monday of Week X in Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement,  who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.  (2 Corinthians: 1: 3-4)

How shall I live this Word

In the second letter to the inhabitants of Corinth, Paul, after having wished “grace and peace from God” to its recipients, breaks out into this beautiful prayer-wish that is always actual even for us.

Sometimes, we may fall into a faith that is only consolation; into a prayer that is almost like convincing God to give us something like an anesthetic for our suffering.  This is justly criticized because the believer resolves faith by trying to escape facing the fatigue of living with all its inevitable trials and suffering

However, it is a fact that we are all in great need of the consolations of God.  They sustain us, open us to hope, and help us persevere in love.  Paul says that just as our afflictions abound, so too do consolations abound.    Here we are with the second Beatitude, “Blessed are the afflicted for they shall be consoled”.  We are consoled and sense a peace and a joy that no one can take away from us.  And we also become capable of consoling others.

Lord, grant me Your strength in difficult times; help me to live in You and never alone.

The Voice of Simone Weil, Philosopher, mystic, martyr

Religion as a source of consolation is often an obstacle to real faith, and in this sense, atheism is a purification.

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