FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
28th Saturday of Ordinary Time
October 19, 2019
WORD of the DAY
I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.
“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.
(Luke 10: 1-9)
How shall I live this Word?
Our mouth should speak in correspondence with what we have in our hearts. Then our own words will judge us: what we say can be equivalent to a confession of faith, or sound like a denial of God and condemnation of others. We are called to decide, to take a stand: whether to remain in truth warmed by love, or to compromise with the world.
Today, more than ever, we cannot remain neutral. We are certain that every day will present us with the opportunity to bear witness to our God by speaking or by keeping silent, to choose whether it is opportune to use words or to remain silent. In this way, everyone who stands before us, interpreting our choices, has a clear and distinct feeling that our conscience is permanently inhabited by God, that we alone are willing to give the keys to lock or unlock it.
My Christian witness to my neighbor will be all the more truthful and reliable the more I am willing to remain in the company of the One whom I choose as Lord of my life. Today I want to spend more time with Him, listening to my love, to learn to be with Jesus and thus have more time, patience, solicitude, love with others.
THE VOICE OF POPE FRANCIS
We must accept that all the wisdom we need for life cannot be contained within the limits imposed by the current resources of communication (Pope Francis).
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