Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Today I will offer Christ something that is good but not necessary. By doing this, I will show my love for him and grow in self-detachment, so I can be more open to the good that he wishes to give me.
Lord, I long to put
you first in my life. It is easy to get caught up in daily activities. But you are not just another
activity: you are my Lord and my God. I do believe in you, but I know that I need to believe in you
more strongly. I do love you, but I must still strive to love you more than I love myself and my
plans. I wish to offer you the best of myself right now in this time of conversation with you.
Lord, may I understand that you are the truth. May I love you as
Truth-made-incarnate in my heart.
1. Truth and the Good Interwoven:
taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes." In his encyclical The Splendor of
Truth, Pope John Paul II reminded us of the necessary link between freedom, truth and the good.
He went so far as to say that a correct understanding of this link is essential for the salvation of
the world. Jesus taught with authority because he was both the Truth and the Good. Our freedom
consists in recognizing this and living accordingly. Do I sincerely seek the truth in my life? Do
I sincerely seek what is truly good, or am I conforming myself in some way to the hedonistic and
self-seeking standards of the world?
2. Multiplying Our
"What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy
us?" When our freedom refuses to recognize that Jesus is the Truth and that our greatest good
consists in loving and following him, we feel threatened. We try to hold on to the good we imagine
that we have apart from him. He does not want to take away the good we have, but rather he wishes to
increase and multiply it. But to do so we must allow lesser goods we now have to die so that greater
goods might rise with strength. Unless the seed falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a
seed. But if it dies it rises to new life (cf. John 12:24).
3. The Demands of
"All were amazed and asked one another, What is this? A new teaching with authority."
Today we live in a relativistic world, where truth is whatever we want it to be. "Whatever makes you
comfortable” is the motto of the day. We are amazed when Jesus breaks the mold of relativism,
revealing the lie hidden within it and proclaims that he is the Truth. When the Gospel makes demands
on my life, do I shift into relativism and believe that it makes no difference how or if I respond?
If the Gospel makes me comfortable I will obey, but if noy... Truth can be demanding, but what a
blessing it is that, in the person of Christ, truth is also love, mercy, goodness and joy. Do I
love the truth and strive to live in the light?
Lord, you know how easily I excuse myself from meeting your
my life. I do so even while knowing that when
I fulfill them I always discover new
strength, hidden energy
and untapped resources of love within me. Help me to give
myself to you in love, to meet your demands, and to experience
the power of
grace unleashed within me.
Today I will offer Christ something
that is good but not necessary. By doing this, I will show my love for him and grow in
self-detachment, so I can be more open to the good that he wishes to give me.