Posted by: livingscripture | December 11, 2018

Second Tuesday of Advent

 

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

December 11, 2018

SECOND Tuesday  of ADVENT

 WORD of the DAY 

 What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?  And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.  In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.   (Matthew  18: 12-14)

 

How shall I live this Word?

Among many myths that have fascinated our imagination, among many exemplary personalities, real or the result of fantastic elaboration, which have followed one another over the centuries, there is one that has resisted the wear and tear of time and that still attracts attention and arouses curiosity. It is the image of the ‘good shepherd’ that this passage from Matthew presents to us as a pearl set in the beautiful tapestry of chapter 18, entirely dedicated to fraternal life. Surreal or bucolic at a superficial glance, in its paradoxical appearance it translates the identity of the God of Jesus Christ, which

is not characterized by delicacy of features or by a feeble refinement of behavior but reveals its essence by making it coincide with the role of shepherd: available and attentive to everyone. He is able to see what not everyone sees, He becomes close to everyone, He waits for nothing other than the possibility of expressing His diligence towards everyone, even without being asked to do so. It is a different level of life, which makes us feel how much our thoughts are still far from the thoughts of God..

 Knowing that the Lord asks me to love my enemies too, I let His will of Father be my will too, asking for the grace to see with His eyes even those who travel far from me and I find it hard to encounter.

 The Voice of Pope Leo the Great

 Just as God does not lose His characteristics when He is merciful, so too human beings are not annulled by divine dignity.

 

 

 


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