Posted by: livingscripture | May 13, 2011

Third Friday of Easter

From the Word of the Day 

Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him to Damascus.  For three days he was unable to see, and he neither ate nor drank.

                       Acts 9: 8-9                                                                    

 How should we live this Word

 The liturgy of this third week of Easter leads us to experience the power of the Resurrection in a stupendous way.  Today, Jesus Himself intervenes with Saulwho is the most feared among the disciples because of his massacres among the Christians.  On the road to Damascus, he is surrounded by a light from the sky that flashed around him and threw him to the ground.  This event can be read at many levels: historical, psychological, metaphorical, symbolical, and spiritual.  The fact is, Saul is on the ground, blind and surrounded by a light from heaven!  If a short while before he was leading men bent on destroying; now they are the ones to lead him by hand to Damascus, on the Straight Road, to the house of a certain Judah. Saul remains here for three days, unable to eat or drink.

Three days…in the perspective of Easter these three days say a lot.  The three days in the tomb are only the prelude to new life that is totally other.  Thus it is forSaul.  He is baptized.  He becomes Paul, another person, one who leads others to God!  From now on, only one desire will be on his lips, to announce the Gospel and to live Christ.  After three days of abstinence from food and drink, his only nourishment now will be Christ, who is in His heart and in the heart of every Christian, and who continues to repeat, “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.”

 Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will let the light of the Risen Jesus illumine my darkness, giving me once again a clear vision to see His Presence, alive and real in the Eucharistic Bread.  I will make time today for humble and silent Eucharistic adoration.

Lord Jesus, I adore You present in the Host.  With humility and confidence, I entrust myself to Your mystery of life that comes close to me in a simple mysterious way.  Feed me with Yourself and make me strong in the faith.

 The voice of St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello, Foundress

 My good daughters, remember where charity reigns, there is Heaven.  Jesus is very pleased to be in the midst of daughters who are humble, obedient, and charitable.  Act in such a way that Jesus will stay willingly among you.

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