FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Friday, January 18, 2019
Week 1 of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
For we who believed enter into [that] rest, just as he has said.
(Hebrews 4: 3)
How shall I live this Word?
What is this rest of God? What does it mean to enter into it? The author of the Letter to the Hebrews uses this expression drawing from Psalm 94, where rest is synonymous with the promised land and is connected to creation in general, when after its completion, God rested on the seventh day. It is the state of bliss that comes from loving the beautiful of all that is made in His image. We could say that for us, it is also participation, fruition of the beauty of the Kingdom, a share in His power and in His blessings. Rest is also harmony, reconciliation, restored equilibrium, awareness, and serenity of beauty, one’s own and that of others. It is a state of quietude that does not connote laziness and inactivity. Rather, it stabilizes action and directs it to the prolongation of the work of creation.
Lord, may Your rest be for us not only a future hope, but may it mean our present hope as well, so that our living and acting is not based on disturbance, anxiety, tiredness.
The Voice of St. Augustine, Church Father
Human beings want to praise You, a particle of Your creation who carry with them their mortal destiny, who carry the proof of their sin and the proof that You resist the proud. Yet humans, a particle of Your creation, want to praise You. It is You who encourage them to delight in Your praises because You have made us for Yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. May I seek you, Lord, by invoking You and I invoke You believing You, because Your proclamation has reached us.
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Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA