FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
29th Saturday of Ordinary Time
October 22, 2016
From the Word of the Day
By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!
(Luke 13: 3)
How should we live this Word
For His teaching Jesus takes two tragic incidents that had recently occurred in Jerusalem: the death of 18 people due to the collapse of a tower in Siloam and the murder of Galileans ordered by Pilate while they were offering sacrifice to God.
Those who referred to these deaths wanted to know if they were being punished by God for their sins. They attributed these deaths to God’s punitive justice. Jesus wants to eliminate this idea. He implicitly has them understand that the death of the 18 was due to the poor workmanship of the builders and the violent death of the Galileans was due to Pilate’s power.
Today, as we see so much death and violence, let us not put the blame on God, but let us look for the causes in the people who inflict oppression and violence on the weakest and pray that these people stop committing abuse toward others and respect nature as well, considering it a living organism.
O Lord, keep me attentive to people in difficulty and grant that I may involve myself with coherence in the service of the Gospel, imitating Your love toward all creatures.
The voice of Eckhart Tolle, Contemporary Author
Suffering is not inflicted by God but by human beings on themselves and on others, and in a certain sense, the Earth takes defensive measures, as a living and intelligent organism, to protect itself from the assault of human folly. Through the way of suffering, we can arrive at illumination.
Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice, Via dell’Ateno Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB