Friday 10 January 2020

Friday 10 January 2020

WORD of the DAY
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4: 17-21)

How shall I live this Word?

Many people are willing to listen to teachings, lessons, insights also regarding religion, the Bible, spirituality. Many are willing to reserve spaces for these interests. However, for many it is difficult to go beyond the immediate complacency of a beautiful homily, knowing that it is not enough to expand one’s notions to be good Christians. Many lack the willingness to let themselves be truly transformed by the message listened to, the docility required of every good disciple is missing. It is pleasant for many to listen, enjoy the logical consistency and affability of the speech, but it can be surprising, scandalous, and annoying to see this Word take flesh in a concrete behavior, in a person with certain determined features, with that voice, with that face on which weigh our prejudices. It is difficult to bring the Word down into well-defined life choices in our everyday life. So today Jesus invites us to raise our eyes from the ‘letter’ to look Him in the face, He true Word, He who is also the author and transmitter of the Word.

Today as I meditate based on what the Word of God inspires me, I will also gather all the thoughts that come to mind and examine them to see where my heart is. I will ask God to help me to be at ease with my interior world and not allow myself to be dominated by what moves inside me without giving me peace.

The voice of Paul Ricoeur, Economist
What I am is immeasurable with what I know.
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