Spread God’s Consolation.

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

20 NOVEMBER 2021

33rd   Saturday of Ordinary Time

WORD of the DAY 

For the needy shall not always be forgotten,

    nor shall the hope of the afflicted forever perish. (Psalm 9:19)

How shall I live this Word?  

All the misery and poverty we have must not lead us to depression and/or despair. These few words bring us back to the whole Gospel message. Our miseries, objective or subjective, often make us suffer, but the Lord does not forget us. He offers us the possibility of living them in peace, obviously not with the peace that the world gives, but with His peace (Jn 14: 27). By entrusting ourselves totally to Him, knowing that we will never be forgotten or disappointed, as the psalm says, we will live our suffering in peace through His consolation. This aspect of consolation is taken up by St. Paul in 2Cor 1:4, “Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.”

Consolation received which, purified from one’s self-centeredness, becomes consolation to be offered through those works of mercy that the events of life lead us to perform.

Lord, I thank you for the peace You give me each day.  Help me to spread Your consolation to others.

The Voice of  the Catechism of the Catholic Church

2447 The works of mercy are the charitable actions with which we help our neighbor in their corporal and spiritual needs [Cf. Is 58: 6-7; Hb 13:3]. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are works of spiritual mercy, like forgiving and bearing with patience. The corporal works of mercy consist in particular in giving food to the hungry, in hosting the homeless, in dressing those in need of clothing, in visiting the sick and prisoners, in burying the dead [Cf. Mt 25: 31-46 ].

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