FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
18 JUNE 2021 Friday 11
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.” (Mt 6: 19-23)
How shall I live this Word?
Very often we Christians too, in the concreteness of facts, behave like pagans, under the guise of faith we admit and justify the pursuit of our particular interests. For Christ to be truly formed in us, there is a need for every area of our life to be clothed with the newness of the Gospel, for the light of the Word of God to enter even where the dim light of our well-being pleases and comforts us. Let us not delude ourselves that the ‘foreign body’ clouding our sight is a small speck! … We will not be wrong at all in thinking instead that it is a beam, and that there is still something to be done to clear the field of vision. We therefore take care to purify our wrong inclinations, what is at the root of our sins, that indulgent orientation to evil that keeps us accumulating, rather than freeing us to give.
Today in prayer I want to find the courage to ask the Lord for the grace to be completely freed from my attachment to sin, which is the place from which all my disappointments and failures start..
The Voice of Ephraim di Nisibis, Church Father
The sunrise marks the beginning of mortal activity. Grant, O Lord, that the day that does not know the end persist in our minds. Give us to see in ourselves the life of the resurrection, and let nothing distract our spirit from Your joys. Impress in us, O Lord, the sign of this day that does not begin from the sun, infusing us with a constant search for You.
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