First Thursday of Ordinary Time



Thursday January 17, 2019

Week 1 of Ordinary Time 

WORD of the DAY 

We have become partners of Christ if only we hold the beginning of the reality firm until the end.    (Hebrews  3: 14)


How shall I live this Word?  

This passage contains a warning that solicits us to not let fear seduce us, which impedes us from continuing to believe.  The long quote of Psalm 94 recalls the infidelity and fear of Israel that was punished.  After 40 years in the desert, many did not enter into ‘God’s rest’.  Moses himself would not enter the Promised Land!

Today as well, threats to the faith come from the fear of losing something, but also from being too free and responsible.  Trust in God is adherence to His plan of salvation which sees us as actively prolonging  this mystery in history.  This adhesion is the effective way of living our participation in Christ. His participation means sharing His being as the Son,  His being as king, prophet, priest.

Lord, keep us firm in our trust in You.  Let nothing distract us from You but allow us to take part in an increasingly intimate way, a truer way in Your life, Your holiness, Your beatitude that become the hunger and thirst for justice, poverty of spirit, meekness, peacefulness, and even persecution.

 The Voice of Fr. Giovanni Nicolini

 We are ‘participants’, that is, we are immersed in the mystery of God’s Son.  In Jesus, we are the children of God.  This is the ‘heavenly vocation’, the divine election that Jesus the Son of God proclaims.  Through it, we too are called through the power of Jesus’ sacrifice of love who gave us His life, thus making us participate in Him.  This is the gift of faith that we must safeguard.


Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy

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