Posted by: livingscripture | April 26, 2010

Fourth Monday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.

                                              John 10: 10

 How should we live this Word

 This is the high point of the discourse of the Good Shepherd.  He gives his life for the sheep, unlike the mercenary who is not interested in their well being.  Rather, he steals them.  We can never reflect enough on this aspect that speaks of the positive, of the substantial joy of the Gospel that is precisely the ‘Good News’ of life and not of death.  Sometimes we make the means an absolute and lose sight of the goal.  Yes, even the Cross and suffering are only a means.

 Jesus did not pay the price of our redemption so that we would renounce the banquet of life.  On the contrary, He wants to free us from all that is only illusory, a parody of life.  It may appear that we have life if we have all the security and material goods that the world can offer.  However, life in all its fullness that fills me with joy, does not lie in this.  It lies in freedom from enslavement to my ego.  This is why Jesus exhorts me to take up my cross and follow Him.  He is telling me that the condition of our human journey cannot free us from our egoism unless we accept suffering.  Yet, beyond suffering accepted out of love, there is joy and fullness of life.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Holy Spirit to help me understand how joy and not suffering is at the heart of my Christian faith.  Am I perhaps one who fears life, fears tomorrow, fears pain?  Am I often tense, preoccupied, or sad?

 Lord Jesus, grant me the capacity to welcome joy into my heart as the premise of the life to come.  Let it be my witness to the world of my belief in You, who came that I might have the fullness of life.

 The voice of A. Schnoller, Spiritual Person

 To let Christ live and speak in us is to permit humans to live and realize themselves fully.



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