FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Week 3 of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
On another occasion he began to teach by the sea. A very large crowd gathered around him so that he got into a boat on the sea and sat down. And the whole crowd was beside the sea on land. And he taught them at length in parables, and in the course of his instruction he said to them, “Hear this!” . (Mark: 4: 1-2)
How shall I live this Word?
Shemà Israel. Listen! This is the first great commandment for Israel. Jesus well knows this appeal and makes it doable by speaking to the crowd in a way that is simple and clear. He often uses parables, images that the people are acquainted with because they are part of their daily life as farmers, fishermen, shepherds, house wives. Through parables, Jesus helps the people to perceive the mysterious presence of the Kingdom in the things of every day life. A parable is a comparison. He uses things that are known and visible in life to explain what is invisible and unknown about the Kingdom of God.
For example, the people of Galilee understood what He said regarding seeds, soil, sun, rain, salt, flowers, fish, harvest, etc. Thus, their listening was also aroused by the attraction of one who spoke with images that of themselves communicated daily life in its beauty and concreteness. The crowds followed a Teacher who knows how to speak their language. They were even ready to stay without food because the voice of Jesus became bread for their life.
I will pause in silence for a while during my day and I will say, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening”.
THE VOICE OF Erri De Luca, Contemporary Author
They learned at the foot of Sinai that listening is a cistern where water from the sky is poured into words marked by drops of syllables. Listening is a well that keeps them whole. One can draw from there every time it seems that one drop is missing.
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Comment by Sr. Graziella Curti, FMA