Posted by: livingscripture | January 23, 2020

Second Thursday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Second Thursday of Ordinary Time

  23 January 2020

WORD of the DAY 

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples.  A large number of people [followed] from Galilee and from Judea.  Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.

(Mark 3: 7-8)

 

How shall I live this Word?

“The crowd had heard what Jesus was doing and ran to Him.”  We cannot deny that the testimony of life and works is always the most eloquent, and it is these messages that our world needs. The gestures and actions of individuals speak much more than words or well-constructed speeches.

We must remember it when the offensive and rude words come out ‘by mistake’ from the mouth, when our attitude is judgmental or impatient, when we say that we are ready to listen but our mind is evidently elsewhere, when we run nonstop and have no time for anybody: it’s what we do that marks us, not what we say!

Help us Lord to remember that it is not beautiful words that speak of You and make us evangelizers and witnesses, but it is the small, daily, concrete facts that speak of love and salvation to every person.

 

The voice of Pope Francis, Address to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the new Evangelization

There is a need for Christians who make God’s mercy, His tenderness for every creature visible to people today. We all know that the crisis of contemporary humanity is not superficial, it is profound. This is why the new evangelization, while calling us to have the courage to go against the current, to convert from idols to the only true God, can only use the language of mercy, made of gestures and attitudes even before words. “

 

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