FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 21, 2021
First Sunday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1: 12 – 15)
How shall I live this Word?
One of the first interventions of the Spirit in our life, when we allow Him to act, is to turn into a desert the landscapes of our inner life, to throw us into dryness and solitude. Certainly not because He likes us to suffer, or because He plays setting traps for us. Rather, it is to make us realize the vanity of the useless furnishings with which we have so far adorned our lives, and the poisonousness of so many springs from which we have so far drawn water. By returning to ourselves and having a hard confrontation with the Word of God, only then do we progress inwardly by recognizing that in that spiritual food, so sobering but consistent, there is the essential to move forward, to strengthen ourselves and not to lack anything. Lent is a return to the essential, an aspiration to the high and impervious places of the Spirit, where the humiliation accomplished in obedience (“He was with the wild beasts”) corresponds to the acceptance that it is God who raises us up and shares His glory. (“The angels served Him”).
Today it will be my commitment to monitor the words of my mouth, to ensure that my speech is aimed at good, encouragement, comfort, forgiveness, considering myself inadequate to pronounce judgments on others and on my own life.
The Voice of St. Pope Paul VI, March 6, 1966
It is prayer that helps the Word and it is the Word that saves souls; thus is the dynamics of the Kingdom of God.
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