First Wednesday of Advent

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

FIRST WEDNESDAY OF ADVENT

December 4, 2019 

WORD of the DAY  

The Lord is my shepherd;

there is nothing I lack.

In green pastures he makes me lie down;

to still waters he leads me;

 he restores my soul.

He guides me along right paths

for the sake of his name.

    (Psalm  23: 1-3)

 

How shall I live this Word?

At a time when pastoralism was a very popular occupation in Palestine as in other Middle Eastern locations, what the psalm says is significant. The figure of the shepherd becomes an effective image of the Lord! That of grassy pastures alludes to the relief of restful pauses. Like a good and strong shepherd, he treads good ways to reach places of fertile pasture with his sheep, so the Lord, by virtue of His power, also availing Himself of very useful tools such as a cane and a wagon, guides the sheep to their healthy nourishment: the grass of the surrounding meadows.   If the metaphor of the shepherd and the sheep is very appropriate for those times, we realize however that it is an effective image even today.

Yes, Lord, the relationship you establish with me is filled with a deep and continuous tenderness. The grassy pastures are the Sacred Scriptures and the teachings of the Church, the moments of rest express the beneficial reality that gives breath courage and continuous renewal of energy above all to the soul but also to my sentimental psychic reality, oriented by You to good choices: really human, authentically Christian, I know peace and often joy …

The voice of  Hans Urs Von Balthasar, Theologian

Christians cannot be tranquil while a brother/sister is lost because they share the feelings and concern of the Good Shepherd.

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

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Blog: livingscripture.wordpress.com      Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA


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