Posted by: livingscripture | May 4, 2009

Fourth Monday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 

I am the gate.  Whoever enters through me will be saved,  and will come in and go out and find pasture.               (John 10, 9)     

How should we live this Word

 In a society that was greatly given over to shepherding, Jesus does not use distant and obtuse concepts but rather parables and metaphors that image the life of His people.  It is not only suggestive but actually vital to enter into this metaphor image of the shepherd.  Jesus calls Himself the shepherd, a reality that comprises behaviors of extreme tenderness.  Today Jesus the Shepherd tells us that He is the wide open gate leading to the luxuriant fields of eternal life.  “Whoever enters through me will be saved”. 

sheep-gate

The verbs used are come in, go out, find. We live when we enter through Jesus as through a gate, because we go to the Father and to His radiant horizons of eternal life.  It is to enter into His mentality, leaving aside a worldly outlook.  We enter into Jesus’ human divine environment, His Gospel.  We go out of the suffocating and narrow anguish of a life centered on false values commanded by the all present power of the idol of money, which our egoistical propensities obey.

We will find pasture, true life, meaning, value, the roads of peace and joy in the gift of ourselves. 

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will visualize a gate of great light opening onto the image of Christ crucified and risen. 

Lord Jesus, grant that I may go to the Father and my sisters and brothers through You, through Your Paschal mystery, through Your Word, and through the Eucharistic Mystery.

The voice of Chiara Amirante, contemporary witness

I have truly discovered that He is the Way.  In Him I have found all that my heart sought.  In Him I have found peace.  In Him I have found joy.  In Him I have found the meaning of my existence.  In Him I have found those hues capable of filling in, of coloring my little life.

 

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