Posted by: livingscripture | March 28, 2012

Fifth Wednesday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

                                                       John 8: 31-32          

How should we live this Word 

The verb ‘remain’ is very dear to John the Evangelist who had the joy of remaining intimately with Jesus at the foot of the Cross.  He had certainly heard this very often on the Lord’s lips and he had assimilated it to the point of weaving it into his existence and as a mandate to hand on to those who would follow Jesus in truth.  To us who really want to be His disciples, what does ‘remain’ in the Word of Jesus mean?

Above all, it means to remain in assiduous reading, not one that is sporadic and tied to a momentary spiritual gratification.  It also means to seek to penetrate the Word with the help of the Holy Spirit and simple tools of accompaniment.  However, we must take care to avoid seeking to penetrate it with only our intellectual curiosity, as we would try to understand algebra or geometry, or even philosophy.  It is true that philosophers have tried with some measure of success to seek the truth.  But here we are trying to arrive at a more of a wise and vital knowledge that remains partial here on earth but that is of the truth that substantially identifies with the revelation of Truth-Life-Love that is the very person of Christ.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect that my interior prisons fall if I remain inJesusand I can fly free, choosing to love everyone and everything.  This is freedom par excellence.

Lord, help me to understand these things deeply! 

The voice of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face 

We know the Word to guard and, unlike Pilate, we do not ask, ‘What is truth?’  We possess the Truth.  We treasure Jesus in our heart.


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