Posted by: livingscripture | January 31, 2012

FEAST OF ST. JOHN BOSCO

From the Word of the Day

“Why this commotion and weeping?  The child is not dead but asleep.”

                                 Mark 5: 39                                                                                                

How should we live this Word

These words of Jesus are part of a page where two dramatic episodes alternate. Jesus is told that the daughter of the synagogue official has died and therefore He can no longer heal her.  At the same moment, a woman touches His cloak in the hope of being cured and feels her body healed of her long affliction.

Jesus decisively goes to the house of the synagogue official.  The people think He goes there to express His condolences at this painful loss.  We are surprised by what He says and then by what He does. Jesus states that the girl is not dead, but sleeping.  He goes to her bedside and restores her to life.

Here we see the duality of death and life.  More than anyone, Jesus knows that death is our enemy and He removes its sting by changing its identity.  He turns it into a ‘sleep’ and not the killer of life.  It was not by chance that ancient tombs carried the inscription that those who lay there rested in God and awaited the awakening of the final resurrection.  This is the only reality that truly counts! 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will think about this truth and let it question me.  Do I consider death a disaster, a destruction that I cannot avoid or as the passage to full and eternal life?

Lord, my strength is the certainty that I am even now, resurrected with You in hope!

The voice of St. John Bosco, Apostle of Youth

I thought within myself if these boys (that Don Bosco was visiting in jail) had a friend outside who would take care of them, help them and instruct them in religion on holy days, who knows if he could keep them far from ruin or at least diminish the number of those who would return to jail?


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