Posted by: livingscripture | April 30, 2012

Fourth Monday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“I am the gate.”

                                                       (John10: 7)


How should we live this Word 

“I am the gate.”  These words open before us an airy, light filled horizon with the inviting atmosphere of a well guarded home.  In fact, the door guarantees security, warmth, the intimacy of a family, and the possibility of entering and leaving freely.

Behind this metaphor is the reality of the Risen Jesus who has erected a barricade against the enemy through His Cross.  He is the Good Shepherd who does not hesitate to expose His own life in order to save His flock, re-introducing them into His Father’s Kingdom, the home He had temporarily left.  With the selfsame Cross, he has opened before us the vision of a life inundated with light that will never end.  He rose as the first fruits of many for whom He has shed His blood. Jesuswarns us against those who seek to enter the house without passing through the door.  They seek to attract us with winning suggestions but these do not insure eternal life nor fullness of life. Jesusprecedes us on the journey, nourishes us with the Bread of His Body, assists us, and sustains us as we approach the sacraments.

We must not live our life superficially, without grasping all its meaning.  This door is open wide in my life, an invitation to remain with Him in the intimacy of my heart.  At the same time it is an invitation to go behind Him, seeking all that is life giving.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder on these truths.

Lord, help me to avoid falling into the traps of those who do not enter through You, the gate.  Make me quick to follow where You lead. 

The voice of the Catechism of the Catholic Church 

Faith is filial adhesion to God, beyond our feelings and our understanding.  This is possible because the Beloved Son opened our access to the Father.  He can ask us to seek and to knock, because He Himself is the door and the way.


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