Posted by: livingscripture | April 23, 2013

Fourth Tuesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“No one can take them out of my hand.  The Father and I are one.”

             (John 10: 29-30)

 

How should we live this Word?Jesus appears

Today’s Gospel is a fuller version of Sunday’s Gospel.  It begins with the discussion among the Jews who are uncertain of Jesus’ identity.  “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly”.  They are not able to recognize in His promise to all to the pastures of eternal life.  They cannot accept the good works He performs for the weakest and most unfortunate.  They cannot listen to His voice, and therefore, they cannot know Him or follow Him.  Rather, they are blinded by jealousy. This arouses persecution and they try to take from Him the listeners who are attentive to Him in the safe sheepfold of the faith.

Jesus does not hide.  The works He performs in the Father’s name witness to His messianic identity.  But in order to know these as such, we need to believe, to be part of the flock that He leads.  We need to listen to Him and to follow Him.  This is the will of the Father, and they are one!  No one can take them from His hands if they confess their faith in the One God, and have given their very life to Him.  They are the ones who are ready to profess and witness to His living presence in the courtyards of daily life.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will take a good look at my belief in Jesus.  Is it real and vibrant?  Do I live my days in His company and bear witness to Him by my way of life? 

Lord, increase my faith!  Let me ever say loud and clear with my life, “My Lord and my God!” 

The Voice of Pope Francis at the Sunday Regina Coeli, April 14, 2013

“When we truly know Jesus Christ and believe in Him, experience His presence in the life and power of His Resurrection, we must communicate this experience.  And if we meet with misunderstanding and adversity, we act like Jesus in His Passion.  We respond with love and the power of the truth”.


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