Thursday, January 24, 2019

St. Francis de Sales

Week 2 of Ordinary Time

WORD of the DAY 

Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them.   It was fitting that we should have such a high priest:  holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.  He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day,  first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.  For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests, but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law, appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.                    (Hebrews: 7: 25-28)


How shall I live this Word?  

The condemnation just signed by Pharisees and Herodians regarding Jesus (Mk 3: 6) manifests even more effectively the saving power of Christ, in which the energy of the mystery of death and resurrection already operates. Such a power moves the crowds from the four cardinal points, an irresistible attraction to the source of healing and fullness, where there is no sterile doctrine but only concrete solutions to the problems of life. It is a Jesus already rejected and condemned by religious authorities, and that precisely by virtue of this He comes to free a waiting humanity from the snares of evil and superstition. Every hand healed of aridity (Mk 3: 3-5) can now accept God’s gift and become capable of being a gift and welcome for others. For those who can gratefully recognize the treasure received from above, time passes fruitfully in binding the wounds of broken hearts, in restoring confidence to those discouraged, in assisting the sick, in encouraging and forgiving, in reading in the eyes of every brother and sister the need for life and resurrection.

Through those who are beside me, whether directly or indirectly, it is God speaking to me.  Today I will abandon my many personal plans, even those meditated on at length and planned carefully, to put in first place the most urgent need that asks for my help, without fear of being overcome by an impelling request to also be admitted to the Kingdom. 


Devotion is possible in every vocation and profession. In creation, God commanded the plants to produce their fruits, each “according to their own species” (Genesis 1: 11). The same command is given to Christians, who are the living plants of His Church, so that they produce fruits of devotion, each according to their state and condition.


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

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