Posted by: livingscripture | April 29, 2010

Fourth Thursday of Easter

St. Catherine of Siena, Patroness of Europe         

                                                 From the Word of the Day

 God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

                        1 John 1: 5

 How should we live this Word

 God is all light and excludes any darkness.  John uses this powerful symbol that is present from the first pages of Genesis and pervades the entire Scriptures.  To consider God as light is not a novelty in itself.  But to understand the import and the newness of this symbol, we must read attentively what John adds to this phrase.  “If we say that we share in God’s life while we are living in darkness, we are lying, because we are not living the truth.  But if we live in light, as he is in light, we have a share in each other’s life, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.”

 Thus, we must walk in the light rather than in darkness and we must ‘do’ the truth, a singular expression that is already present in John’s Gospel (John 3, 21)!  God is light, the guide on our way.  However, we must receive God-Light while at the same time, refusing darkness and lies.  John invites us to a double relationship, communion with God and communion with others.  The way we are in rapport with God, is the same way we are in rapport with every sister and brother and vice versa.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask the Lord for a vigilant heart, capable of loving everyone so that I may truly say that I love Him deeply.

 Lord Jesus, grant that I may seek Your face  always but never separately from the face of every man and woman that I encounter.

 The voice of St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church

 Rise up from any tenderness and love of self and enter into the wounds of Christ Crucified where there is perfect and true security.  He is that sweet place where the spouse empties the vase of her heart and rightly so is the heart a vase.  It must be, since like a vase, it is tight at the bottom and wide at the top.  This means that the desires and affections must be tight to the world and wide above, dilating the heart and its affections in Christ Crucified, loving Him and holding Him with true and holy solicitude.  Then you will fill this vase at the side of Christ Crucified.  The side shows us the heart’s secrets, what He has done and given for us, He has done for love.

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