Eighth Monday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Monday, March 4, 2019

WORD of the DAY

How great is the mercy of the Lord,
and his forgiveness for those who return to him!
(Sirach 17: 28)

How shall I live this Word?

We continue in these last days of ordinary time to study the book of Sirach. The wisdom genre in the Bible enhances everyday life and demonstrates the place of the revelation of humanity and of God Himself: a place of encounter between God and people, a place of change and conversion.
Today’s passage is a pressing invitation to conversion, so as not to waste time or opportunities. In this life that we have here on earth, we give praise to God’s mercy, with evident signs of adherence to Him. What seems to resound here is the beatitude that Jesus proclaims for those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, that is, of those who ardently desire the will of God and who make their life an occasion to manifest this His will. Sirach does not yet know the hope of resurrection and invokes living life intensely, because he does not believe in an afterlife where we continue to praise our God. But we know better and long for Heaven.
Lord, Your resurrection is our greatest desire, but does not weaken the commitment that urges us on this earth to be clear witnesses of Your mercy and Your justice.

THE VOICE OF Psalm 84

Love and truth will meet;
justice and peace will kiss.
Truth will spring from the earth;
justice will look down from heaven.
Yes, the LORD will grant His bounty;
our land will yield its produce.
Justice will march before Him,
and make a way for His footsteps.

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Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA

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