FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Week Three of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom into the City of David with joy. As soon as the bearers of the ark of the Lord had advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. Then David came dancing before the Lord with abandon. (2 Samuel 6: 12)
How shall I live this Word?
Today’s Liturgy leads us to contemplate King David in his free and passionate capacity for prayer. For David, prayer is recognizing God’s presence among His people, exalting in it, and being tremendously joyful. The God of Israel is a wandering God who walks with His people, lives in a tent, and wants neither a house nor a temple. David listens to the Lord and will build nothing of this, but he will live a vital liturgy that connects him to God, a liturgy that passes through his body, through his life, and allows him to give back by his total dedication to God Himself. It is a liturgy that makes him dance. A unique, harmonious movement that connects heaven and earth, flesh and spirit, life and death.
Lord, grant us this coherence. Give us this interior unity that allows us to be authentic in our relationship with You, without trappings, or useless words or gestures but rather, with love and praise for You seen in our life, in our way of working, of living together, of taking care of others and of the world.
The Voice of the Word of God, Romans 12: 1-2
I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA