Posted by: livingscripture | February 25, 2019

Seventh Monday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Monday, February 25, 2019

WORD of the DAY 

When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.  Immediately on seeing him, the whole crowd was utterly amazed. They ran up to him and greeted him. He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”  Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit.  Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.”  He said to them in reply, “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.”  They brought the boy to him.      (Mark 9: 14-19)

 

How shall I live this Word?

Belonging to the inner circle of Jesus does not automatically guarantee the fulfillment of every request. The disciples are defenseless before the case of a deaf-mute tortured by an unclean spirit. Often for many occasional visitors, going to “those of Jesus”, that is, approaching the Church, is the same as turning to a service agency from which to expect precepts, miracles, relief from one’s own sufferings.  Jesus distances Himself from this trivialization of His message: faith makes a difference, and not everyone knows what faith is.

Even in the ministerial exercise of the Church there is the danger of losing oneself in reasoning that cuts off Jesus from every consideration, there is a proceeding that is not sustained by inner awareness. Thundering words are uttered that go out in inconsistency and disperse like arrows shot at emptiness; one acts in the name of one known from a distance. We are so talkative and not very human when we pose as religious who discuss, reason, program, ratify, draft and issue norms: there is a whole movement, a stirring, lost behind nothingness.  We must ask ourselves if we really proceed by paying attention only to ourselves. We need to ask ourselves if we really know the One we are disciples of. It is necessary to ask and to wait in a silence filled with prayer that the word be pronounced by the One before whom the powers of heaven and those of the earth bow down.

It is much easier to wear the shoes of those who give orders, than to put themselves in the disposition of those who accept to receive the truth. The Lord educates me by placing me before the truth of myself. Today I do not want to be discouraged by discovering my limitations and my faults when people or situations highlight these weak sides. Instead, I will take the opportunity to renew my covenant with Jesus, who wants me to be real and not a repeater of abstract truths detached from life.

 

THE VOICE OF Hilary of Poitiers, Church Doctor

 He is an adequate witness of himself who is not known except by himself.

 

 

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