Word of the day
Reading of the day
A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters:
I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie;
my conscience joins with the Holy Spirit in bearing me witness
that I have great sorrow and constant anguish in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ
for the sake of my own people,
my kindred according to the flesh.
They are children of Israel;
theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants,
the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises;
theirs the patriarchs, and from them,
according to the flesh, is the Christ,
who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
Gospel of the day
From the Gospel according to Luke
On a sabbath Jesus went to dine
at the home of one of the leading Pharisees,
and the people there were observing him carefully.
In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.
Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking,
“Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”
But they kept silent; so he took the man and,
after he had healed him, dismissed him.
Then he said to them
“Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern,
would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?”
But they were unable to answer his question.
Words of the Holy Father
This is the path that Jesus teaches us, the exact opposite of that of the doctors of the law. And this path, from love to justice, leads to God. The other path, however, that of sticking only to the law, to the letter of the law, leads to closure, leads to selfishness. The path that goes from love to knowledge and to discernment, to complete fulfillment, leads to holiness, to salvation, to the encounter with Jesus. Jesus draws near: closeness is the very proof that we are on the true path. Because that is the path that God has chosen in order to save us: closeness. He drew close to us, he made himself man. And indeed, God’s flesh is the sign; God’s flesh is the sign of true justice. God who made himself a man like one of us, and we who must make ourselves like the others, like the needy, like those who need our help. (Homily, Santa Mara – 31 October 2014)
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