Posted by: livingscripture | June 13, 2017

St. Anthony of Padua

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 12, 2017

Tuesday of Week X in Ordinary Time

St. Anthony of Padua

 

WORD of the DAY

 

Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5: 16)

How shall I live this Word

The context of this passage is very encouraging and very important.  It is that of the Beatitudes, a passage that many great people of other religions and philosophies have recognized as the highest expression of human spirituality.  It is not by chance that Jesus uses the metaphor of light in this exhortation.  A life that is based on the practice of the Beatitudes is a radiant life.  The Christian is not inspired by some ascetic maxims in the name of a misunderstood humility, where persons try to hide their virtuous behavior.

The followers of Jesus Christ believe in His WORD and try to live it.  They flee every ostentation but what they are in themselves contains the power of God’s grace.

Those who accept it, become the light of witness, the light of a good and beautiful life; something that makes one beautiful and holy makes the heart joyful.

Lord Jesus, help me to always look up, to live Your Gospel.  Grant me to be Your light, though I am little and poor; let me shine with Your praise and glory and bless everyone around me. 

The Voice of Pope Francis 

The light of our faith, by giving ourselves, does not go out but becomes brighter.  But it can be dimmed if we do not nourish it with love and works of charity.  Each of us is called to be light and salt in the environment of our daily life, persevering in the task of regeneration.

 

Posted by: livingscripture | June 12, 2017

Tenth Monday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 12, 2017

Monday of Week X in Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement,  who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.  (2 Corinthians: 1: 3-4)

How shall I live this Word

In the second letter to the inhabitants of Corinth, Paul, after having wished “grace and peace from God” to its recipients, breaks out into this beautiful prayer-wish that is always actual even for us.

Sometimes, we may fall into a faith that is only consolation; into a prayer that is almost like convincing God to give us something like an anesthetic for our suffering.  This is justly criticized because the believer resolves faith by trying to escape facing the fatigue of living with all its inevitable trials and suffering

However, it is a fact that we are all in great need of the consolations of God.  They sustain us, open us to hope, and help us persevere in love.  Paul says that just as our afflictions abound, so too do consolations abound.    Here we are with the second Beatitude, “Blessed are the afflicted for they shall be consoled”.  We are consoled and sense a peace and a joy that no one can take away from us.  And we also become capable of consoling others.

Lord, grant me Your strength in difficult times; help me to live in You and never alone.

The Voice of Simone Weil, Philosopher, mystic, martyr

Religion as a source of consolation is often an obstacle to real faith, and in this sense, atheism is a purification.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 11, 2017

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST BLESSED TRINITY

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 11, 2017

SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST BLESSED TRINITY

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. (John 3: 16-17)

How shall I live this Word

God so loved the world that it overflowed, so to say, in his Trinitarian essence, love-communion.  The essence of God is this love: the Father and the Son love each other so much that their reciprocal love is a third person: the Holy Spirit.  It is the highest mystery of our faith.  Our intelligence cannot understand it, but, illumined by the Holy Spirit, it can intuit the splendors precisely because it is the heart of the mystery; it is love.  Our heart tells us that only for love, for the happiness of being loved and of loving can we exist.

The unity of God proclaimed by the Old Testament and defended from the confusion of polytheism that abounded around the people of Israel, is not contradicted but rather exalted in the New Testament.  This revelation of God is completed and more profoundly illuminated by telling us that this One God is a God of relationship, a God whose love is dynamic, communion.

Yes, I am the temple of Your Trinity Love, my God!  Guide me and make me aware…descend often into my heart so that I can perceive Your love, because in You, in Your being relationship, I can purify and intensify my life of relationship with my sisters and brothers, learning to love them in You and with You. 

The Voice of a holy French Nun, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity 

O my God, Trinity whom I adore, help me to forget myself entirely to establish myself in You, immobile and quiet as though my soul were already in eternity.  May nothing disturb my peace nor draw me outside of You, O My Unchangeable One, but at every instant bring me deeper into the profundity of Your Mystery.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 10, 2017

Ninth Saturday in Ordinary time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 10, 2017

Saturday of Week IX in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

WORD of the DAY 

Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.  For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.    (Mark 12: 43-44)

How shall I live this Word

Today we see many groups throughout the world who work for the good of others; many persons who take on the task of donating and helping the neediest.  However, at times this help comes with the aim of being esteemed and honored by others or has the aim of earning fame and money.  This is not charity.

The charity that pleases God is full of humility, without any self-complacency.  We must esteem all the actions in which humility and charity are united because in them charity is safeguarded by humility and humility is not empty, but serves charity.  The widow gave everything she had, without holding back anything for herself;  hers was true charity that dares and hopes in God alone.

Lord, help me to do real charity for love of You and my sisters and brothers without any ulterior motives. 

The Voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

There is no worse poverty than not having love to give.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 9, 2017

Ninth Friday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 9, 2017

Friday of Week IX in Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said,  “How do the scribes claim that the Messiah is the son of David?  David himself, inspired by the holy Spirit, said:

‘The Lord said to my lord,  “Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your feet.”

David himself calls him ‘lord’; so how is he his son?” [The] great crowd heard this with delight.        (Mark 12: 35-37)

How shall I live this Word

With His words and example, Jesus, the Teacher, guides His own toward the knowledge of the Son of God.  He presents Himself little by little, revealing His identity and His mission.  Knowing Jesus is a gift of the Holy Spirit who illumines our mind and our heart; presents Him as Lord, the One who will bring victory over enemies.

The crowd willingly listens and we too, listen to the Word, the Voice of Jesus that speaks to the ears of our heart, and helps us to discover the greatness of His personal love for each one of us and thus we desire even more to listen to Him always.  Thus, His Word becomes the Word that moves us to do the good and to transmit His message to our sisters and brothers.

Lord Jesus, Son of David, Son of God, my Savior, help me to recognize You and to proclaim Your love in the power of the Holy Spirit. 

The Voice of Pope Francis – March 4, 2016 

In fact, those who believe, see and go ahead with hope because they know the Lord is present to sustain and guide us.  We follow Him as faithful disciples  to make all those we meet along our way participate as well.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 8, 2017

Ninth Thursday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 8, 2017

Thursday of Week IX in Ordinary Time

 

WORD of the DAY

One of the scribes,  when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”  Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12: 28-31)

How shall I live this Word

Love of God is a gift and a response.  He loved us first and His love is present in us, thus it is a gift before being a commandment; it is a desire before being a law.  God loves us and we have in our heart this capacity to respond with all that we are: soul, mind, strength.  The Love of God is the principle of life.  We love, thus we live and possess the love of others with the love that lives in us, that is, with the same love of God.

It is a gift and also a responsibility.  It seems that humans have forgotten this deep desire of theirs and today there are disasters that show the lack of love.  But it is not the end.  Egoism and indifference do not have the last word, but love that is present because God is present.

Lord, teach me to love as You love.

The Voice of Chiara Lubich 

The true love that Jesus wants does not allow discrimination; it does not distinguish between people who are nice and those who are troublesome, nor those who are lovely or ugly, or great or small.  Through this love, there are not those of my country and the alien; those of my Church or another; of my religion or another.  Everyone is loved with this love.  This is how we must love…love everyone.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 7, 2017

Ninth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 7, 2017

Wednesday of Week IX in Ordinary Time

WORD of the DAY 

Jesus said to them, “Are you not misled because you do not know the scriptures or the power of God?   (Mark 12: 24)

How shall I live this Word

The Sadducees question Jesus about the Resurrection, which is central to our faith.  Certainly it is a great, powerful theme that only faith can witness to.  Jesus responds that perhaps the reason they do not understand is because they know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.

We too, in many realities of suffering and death, cannot understand.  We look for answers without counting on God’s love revealed in Scripture, revealed in His Son become human for us.  Truly, in God it is possible to find the answer.  His power  is the power of Love that frees us from suffering and brings us to real Resurrection.  Let us place ourselves at the school of the Word and let ourselves be penetrated in the depths of our heart and we will find the answer and the meaning of our life and our history.

Lord, grant that I may know Your ways, teach me Your paths.  Guide me in Your fidelity and teach me, because You are the God of my salvation.  Psalm 24 

The Voice of Theology of Pope Francis – Homily of February 2, 2017 

Thus, we too must live and learn from these human expectations and live waiting to see the Lord, to meet the Lord.  This is not easy, but we learn to live waiting.  Hope means and implies a poor heart.  Only a poor person knows how to wait.  Those who are already full of themselves, do not know how to place their trust in anyone else, but in themselves.

 

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 6, 2017

Meditation

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

JUNE 6, 2017

“Do not be anxious: go straight on, forgetful of self, letting the spirit of God act instead of your own.”
— St. Julie Billiart

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“As St. Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary. He told us to be not only ‘as harmless as doves’, but also ‘as wise as serpents’. He wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.”
—C.S. Lewis
Posted by: livingscripture | June 6, 2017

Tuesday after Pentecost

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

June 6, 2017

Tuesday after Pentecost

 

WORD of the DAY 

They came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?”  Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at.”  They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”  So Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him. (Mark 12: 13-17)

How shall I live this Word

Jesus sees right through any hypocrisy, even ours.  We cannot hide from the truth because Jesus knows us in our innermost being and loves us as we are.  How beautiful and pleasing to Him when we open ourselves in all honesty, recognizing our faults and bringing them to Jesus for healing, without fear.  We need not try to ‘trick’ Him, an impossibility; what we are really doing is saving face for ourselves.

How patient He is and how wise, helping us to see that there is justice toward God – His right due – and justice toward the world – its right due.  Each has its proper place in helping us to be ‘good Christians and honest citizens’ as Don Bosco would say.  Jesus is our Teacher at every level and leads us to what is Good, True, Beautiful so that we may have His joy and have it in abundance.

Spirit sent by Jesus, come into our heart and cast Your radiant light that we may see all from God’s perspective.

The Voice of Theology of Work Project 

You cannot pretend to follow Christ by acting as if he cares nothing about your work. Jesus is not proclaiming license to do as you please at work, but peace about the things you cannot control. You can control whether you defraud others in your work (Mark 10:18), so don’t do it. You cannot control whether you have to pay taxes (Mark 12:17), so pay them.

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Posted by: livingscripture | June 5, 2017

Morning Offering.
Morning Offering

JUNE 5, 2017

“At the end of our life we shall be judged by charity.”
— St. Paul of the Cross

  MEDITATION OF THE DAY

“How great is the sweetness which a soul experiences, when, in the time of prayer, God, by a ray of his own light, shows to her his goodness and his mercies towards her, and particularly the love which Jesus Christ has borne to her in his passion! She feels her heart melting, and, as it were, dissolved through love. But in this life we do not see God as he really is: we see him, as it were, in the dark. ‘We see now through a glass in a dark manner, but then face to face’ (1 Cor. 13:12). Here below God is hidden from our view; we can see him only with the eyes of faith: how great shall be our happiness when the veil shall be raised, and we shall be permitted to behold God face to face! We shall then see his beauty, his greatness, his perfection, his amiableness, and his immense love for our souls.”
— St. Alphonsus Liguori

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