Posted by: livingscripture | November 17, 2018

32nd Saturday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Saturday November 17, 2018

Thirty Second Week of Ordinary Time

 WORD of the DAY 

 Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers, especially for strangers. (3  Jn: 1, 5)

 

How shall I live this Word?

John, now advanced in years, writes to a certain Gaius, a Christian probably converted by him to the faith. The Word of John is a commendation. It also sheds light for us because it is a question of helping those who, in Christ, are brothers and sisters.  The interest falls above all on the phrase with which the passage we are commenting ends. Here it is: although strangers …

Very short but explosive! It does not provoke dire predictions, but rather very positive considerations.

First of all, the persons to whom John refers here are “brothers”: far more than acquaintances or friends, they are from the same family because, as the writer and the recipients of the letter, they are witnesses! Attention to that short expression that immediately follows … though strangers.

How current this word is! I know truly believing people who, overcoming so many alarming issues not illustrated by the Gospel, have hosted people (and entire families) who have come to us after having faced exhausting escapes from places of death. And unfortunately, I know others who, “trapped by fear” have closed the doors of their house and heart.

We live a time marked by the phenomenon of immigration. Through direct knowledge or being informed of it, I know how much effort and danger it is for those of all ages and health conditions to face travel difficulties for new lands. It is a matter of not looking at the nation, ethnicity, race, but of the fact that, in Christ, they are brothers and sisters, therefore of the family of God.

 Lord Jesus, You were a newborn in the arms of Your Mother, and You immigrated to Egypt. Help these our brothers and sisters who do not live hours of peace.  We who are Christians must  lend them the help we can give, with a pure heart. Faith tells us that we help You, of whom it is written: “I was tired… on the road ….”

 The Voice of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Past US President

 Remember, always remember that all of us, and you and I in particular, are descendants of immigrants.

 

 

 


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