From the Word of the Day
“Yet, I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!”
(Luke 13: 33-34)
Jesus is told that even Herod wants to kill Him. But Jesus is not discouraged even by this. He continues His mission of salvation that God the Father entrusted to Him, even at the price of His own life. He has shown us a really profound love and extreme courage. He shows us who God truly is, that He loves us with infinite tenderness. He wants to protect us as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings. Jesus is willing to die to reveal His infinite mercy to us.
Today as well, Jesus wants to unite us around Him. We often feel vulnerable and abandoned, but Jesus is close to us. His affection is unchanged, even if we sometimes reject Him. He never stops loving us. After the cross, the Resurrection shines forth.
Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I shall bask in the warmth of God’s love for me and love Him in return with my whole heart.
O Lord, help me to understand Your immense love and to perceive it every day, without falling into egoism or concentrating on myself.
The voice of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
Sometimes the Lord lets us feel the weight of the cross. It seems unbearable to us, but we carry it because the Lord in His love and great mercy takes us by the hand and gives us the strength.