Posted by: livingscripture | March 22, 2019

Second Friday of Lent

Second Friday of Lent, March 22, 2019

WORD of the DAY

Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes’?
Therefore, I say to you,
the kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit.
(Matthew 21: 42-43)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus continues in an attempt to introduce the Twelve to thoughts far removed from their vision of a Messiah who is glorious and overcomes all evil. He is the cornerstone that will soon be discarded, but which will then become the basis and support of every human construction. The Master refers back to the Scriptures, which His disciples certainly know, but who find it difficult to apply concretely to the life of the Lord Jesus. The history of each day is a time in which people follow the philosophy of waste, the fruit of that mentality so criticized by Pope Francis. Discarding, marginalizing, disqualifying, and other verbs denote an anti-Christian style, the opposite of the very human message of the Beatitudes. It is indeed the parable of human history. We talk about what some of us can experience, day after day, in this concrete world in which each of us lives. Human beings throw everything away, even throw God away, throw everything away and God recovers everything, minus Himself because the gift He makes remains.
In prayer today, I will often repeat the cry that the poor shouted out as Jesus of Nazareth passed by, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me a sinner!

THE VOICE OF Silvano Fausti, Theologian and Bible Scholar

This is the work the Lord has done and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the work of the Lord, the wonder He has accomplished before our eyes. From the good He gives us, we do evil; and He, with the evil we give Him, turns it into good.

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