FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Week Two of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
I praise the word of God;
I trust in God, I do not fear.
What can mere flesh do to me? I have made vows to you, God;
with offerings I will fulfill them
(Psalm 55: 5b, 13)
How shall I live this Word?
The Psalms are true for us today because they give a radiant proposal, a kind of spiritual therapy, against discouragement, disillusions, and other negativities that come and tempt us in our life.
The Psalmist is A PERSON WHO is COFIDENT. Confidence is a term that comes from trust: a word closely linked to another of great importance: The Faith. Behold, we truly live baptism, if our life “breathes” authentic faith, that is, it becomes the certainty that the Lord is infinite goodness.
In our regard, it reveals the infinite goodness of a Father who, being God, is really infinite in wanting, always and in everything, our true good.
If, walking along an alpine path, we come across a centuries old cliff that is solid on the ground, we can sit down to rest; we can even overcome the dizziness that comes from looking at the ravine below.
It is in this kind of trust that the tree of our life flourishes with the promises made to us, Lord, in the ever-deeper experience of the depths of Your infinite love that never changes.
Lord Jesus, grant that this interior clarity of mine may lead me to always act in conformity with what You want.
The Voice of Isaac of Poitiers, Father of the Western Church
My life, due to Your grace, will not consist in a useless war of words, because it wishes to be the solid witness of a faith that allows no doubts.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA