Posted by: livingscripture | April 28, 2011

EASTER THURSDAY

From the Word of the Day 

While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?”

                            Luke 24: 41                                                                  

How should we live this Word 

John the evangelist affirms in his first Letter, “Whoever believes that Jesus came in the flesh is of God.” (4:2)  And now in his Gospel, the same author offers an undeniable proof that Jesus, both before and after His resurrection, was never a phantom but was always fully human. Jesus enters into the Cenacle through closed doors.  The disciples have locked themselves in because they are terrified of the Jews.  It is here that the Lord persuades them of His reality as the Risen One through a very human and familiar request.  He asks for something to eat, just like a father or a son or a friend that returns from a trip unexpectedly.  He wants to remain among us, in the simplest and most familiar way, in the extreme naturalness of the reality of a God who has taken on our humanity in its totality. 

It is the simplicity of telling us, ‘Look, I am with you and inside you.  It may seem at times that I have gone or am absent, far away.  However, I am distant only to you sensibility, so blocked by all the limitations typical of your being still in this world, a pilgrim not yet arrived Home.  Use this to grow in your faith.  I continually return to you, even when you are fearful, hiding behind closed doors. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will pray within my heart:

  JesusI entrust myself to You.  I know You are knocking at my door and want to enter and eat with me.  I beg You, force open my closures.  Come!  I believe and hope in You and I love You!

The voice of Antonio Riboldi, Bishop

Love is offered on tip toe, with delicacy, to leave space for the other to accept it or reject it freely.  Isn’t love marvellous and challenging!

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