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Thought for the Day – 12 July – “Seek always the Face of the Lord”

Thought for the Day – 12 July – Friday of the Fourteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – Gospel: Matthew 10:16–23 and The Memorial of John Gualbert (c 985-1073) “The Merciful Knight”

St John Gualbert’s monastic vocation began on Good Friday in a decisive encounter with Jesus Crucified.   Saint John Gualbert points to the Cross as the source of all forgiveness and reconciliation, giving peace to those who dwell in the shadow of its branches.   “They shall return,” says Hosea, “and dwell beneath my shadow, they shall flourish as a garden” (Hos 14:7).the merciful knight painted in honour of st john gualbert 12 july 2019.jpg

The Benedictine lectionary offers proper readings today: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; and Matthew 5:43-48.   The lesson taken from Leviticus, speaks powerfully:  “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason with your neighbour, lest you bear sin because of him.   You shall not take vengeance or bear any grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord” (Lev 19:17-18). The Benedictus Antiphon proposed for today is another stroke of liturgical genius:  “Save us, Lord, from our enemies, and from the hands of all who hate us, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Lk 1:71, 79).

The Face of Christ
The Word of God compels us always to seek the Face of the crucified, risen and ascended Christ.   One cannot look at the Face of Christ and harbour resentment in one’s heart.  One cannot look at the Face of Christ and refuse to look at one’s brother.   One cannot look at the Face of Christ with compassion and then refuse a look of mercy to one who waits for it.

Ask Saint John Gualbert, today, to obtain for us, the grace to seek always the Face of Jesus Crucified – His Eucharistic Face, His Face hidden in the Scriptures, His Face depicted in holy images — yes — but also His Face in one another.   One who refuses to meet the gaze of Our Lord will never come to know the secrets of His Sacred Heart.   Quaerite faciem Domini semper. “Seek always the face of the Lord” (Ps 104:4b).

St John Gualbert, Pray for Us!st john gualbert pray for us no 2 12 july 2019.jpg

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