Posted by: livingscripture | April 6, 2012


From the Word of the Day

“Whom are you looking for?”

                                                      (John 18: 4)


How should we live this Word

Let us follow Jesus to Gethsemane.  We see Him distance Himself a little from the group of the Apostles who quickly fall asleep, burdened by tiredness and even more by their inability to understand.  Jesus is alone to face the struggle of that hour.  We see Him prostrate in prayer, broken, and yet decisive in doing the Father’s will.  Threatening voices come closer and closer.  He rises and waits.  No, it is not the guards coming to take Him.  He hands Himself over freely because He wants to!  They are not the ones who will chain Him.  Love has already done this.

Now the voices stop.  They are before Him armed to the teeth, but they do not dare to take one more step.  Unafraid, He dominates the situation.

“Whom are you looking for?”  It is a question that remains suspended in air, outside the limits of time and space, reaching down to us.  “Whom are you looking for?”

I cannot respond hastily that I seek the Lord!  The sleepiness of the apostles brings to mind my own resistances that are not openly admitted but that hide behind a heavy torpor.

Some days later, Jesus will ask the same question of Mary, and her suffering heart will be awakened to joy and to a renewed zeal that will make her the first witness of the Risen One.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself how I will answer this question if I take it seriously and if it inconveniences me.

Lord, whom am I seeking?  Your cross obliges me to answer with honesty as I gaze upon my cowardly closures.  Grant me Your strength to give a generous and coherent response.

The voice of St. Teresa of Avila, Mystical Doctor of the Church 

Let us never allow our heart to become the slave of anyone, but only of the One who bought it with His blood.


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