Posted by: livingscripture | January 15, 2019

First Tuesday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Week 1 of Ordinary Time

WORD of the DAY

In “subjecting” all things [to him], he left nothing not “subject to him”. (Hebrews 2: 8)

 

How shall I live this Word?

The Letter to the Hebrews continues today by highlighting the submission of all creation and of all of history to Christ. The incarnation takes the Son from eternity, abases Him, and immerses Him in the limitations of being a creature according to a movement that allows Him to enter the world and thus into a precise time and place. This movement makes eternity invade creation and thus bring it back to its originality. Submission here is to be understood in its authentic meaning and relationship with its origin. Creation that suffers and groans as it awaits redemption and adoption as children sees in Christ the end of its suffering.

Lord, help us to avoid making creation suffer uselessly. It’s redemption is with ours and how we commit ourselves to be the prolongation of salvation in our times so that the Gospel may reach every person, that attention may be paid to the environment, love for the plants and animals, that the culture of not wasting and not destroying may be our way of allowing all things to be submitted to Christ, finding in Him full beauty and vocation.

The Voice of Pope Francis in LAUDATO SI’

LAUDATO SI’, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord”. In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs”.
This sister now cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail” (Rom 8:22). We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.
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