Posted by: livingscripture | January 24, 2018

Third Wednesday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Week Three of Ordinary Time

SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES

 

WORD of the DAY  

But that same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan: Go and tell David my servant: Thus, says the LORD: Is it you who would build me a house to dwell in?  I have never dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up from Egypt to this day, but I have been going about in a tent or a tabernacle.  As long as I have wandered about among the Israelites, did I ever say a word to any of the judges whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel: Why have you not built me a house of cedar?     (2 Samuel 7: 4-5)

How shall I live this Word?

To make a house for God, to close Him in a temple, in a church, is another way to profess one’s atheism.  God cannot be contained, limited, reduced to a space.  God cannot be understood or compromised.  You cannot measure Him and therefore, understand Him.  The search for God, the attempt to be in dialog with Him must have these premises clear.  This temptation in Israel’s history is very strong.  The people often want to reduce God to an understandable idol, recognized in a place, accessible, almost pocket-size!  Why?  Because it is difficult to remain uncertain, searching, in the impossibility of reducing everything to rational categories.

But God always rebels at this, and builds an educational journey that is tiring for His chosen people.  Even when He allows the construction of a temple, He will later allow it to be destroyed and then always re-built so as not to forget that He is always Other; His presence is strong, recognizable, but ineffable.  He traverses reality, creates it, gives it life, inhabits it, and goes beyond it.  Thus, He teaches us that we too must remain within things while keeping a desire for what goes beyond them.

Lord, ‘beyond’ is not synonymous with flight.  It is the dimension that calls us to leave aside all forms of egoism, egocentrism, self-referencing.  It is the broad horizon for our acting to accomplish it and revitalize it at the same time so that it will not become sterile, but open and generative.

The Voice of Pope Francis

If the Church follows her Lord, she goes out of herself with courage and mercy.  She does not remain closed in on her own self-referentiality.

 

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