Posted by: livingscripture | April 23, 2010

Third Friday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 Saul, my brother, the Lord has sent me, Jesus who appeared to you on the way by which you came, that you may regain our sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

                                  Acts 9: 17

 How should we live this Word

 Paul, the rabid persecutor of the Christians, is fulminated by God’s grace while he is on his way to vent his aversion on those he considers a dangerous heresy that must be rooted up before it takes hold.  Jesus Himself blocks him on the road to Damascus with a vision that makes him aware of the terrible blindness of his spirit.  His soul is by now oriented to the truth.  He does not put up any resistance to those whom he had previously persecuted.  He only asks, ‘Who are you?’  Then he renders himself unconditionally.  Yet, to reacquire his sight, he must meet Ananias.  This is God’s tactic.  He uses mediations and involves us to assist those who seek the light.

 On my yes, on my availability depend in part the salvation of those who struggle to believe.  There are men and women with dull eyes, blinded by many illusory lights that leave them deluded and bitter.  They are women and men who perhaps, like Paul, attack the Church, attack the One whom they really do not know.  Our reaction can mirror that of Ananias, ‘Lord, I have heard from many sources about this man, what evil things he has done to Your holy ones…’  It is a reaction more than justified that urges us to safeguard ourselves.  However, the Lord does not think this way.

He came that all may have life and have it in abundance.  He wants us who have first been reached by grace, to accompany Him.  This is surely a gift but not a privilege to be managed arbitrarily.  If we have been called to follow Him, it is so that we may be the light and salt of the earth.  Where should we bring light if not where the darkness is greatest?

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will let the Lord provoke me.  He asks me to refrain from minimizing my faith and to go with respect and charity toward those who find it difficult to believe.

 Lord, grant me the courage to witness Your love to those who hesitate to believe.

 The voice of St. Louis Orione

 There is a frightening corruption in society.  There is a frightening ignorance of God.  There is materialism, a frightening hatred.  Only Charity can still lead hearts and peoples to God and save them.

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