FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
10th Wednesday of Ordinary Time
June 12, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5: 17-19)
How shall I live this Word?
The plan of God, irrevocable and perfect from the beginning, aims at full human realization. If after hearing the liberating proclamation of the Gospel for the first time, we lose the initial enthusiasm, settling for a quiet and static position, we would be similar to that tree which the Lord caused to dry up because it produced no fruit. The moral and ascetic recommendations that the Christian tradition hands down to us – what was for the people of Israel the ancient Law – do not lapse, rather they acquire full meaning and find the right place in front of the free salvation that Jesus has given us. As if for the first time, having heard the Gospel message, we have lived the dynamic from works to grace, so now we are called to revive the Christian life by living a new dynamic from grace to works, because the gift we have freely received leads to fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, benevolence…
The Christian life engages me. From today I firmly propose not to teach or propose anything that I have not experienced before, made my own, and embraced with my whole being.
The Voice of St. Augustine, Church Father
Until when will I keep saying: tomorrow, tomorrow? Why not now? Why won’t this hour itself mark the end of my sad and useless life away from God?
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