Posted by: livingscripture | May 6, 2013

Sixth Monday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.”  (Acts 16: 13)

             

How should we live this Word? primicristiani[1]

The one speaking is Paul, the rigid one time Pharisee, who was so zealous he wanted to persecute the Christians.  Now we find him acting in a very different way from Jewish sentiments.  He not only did not exclude women from his transmission of the message, which would be very normal in the social-cultural-religious context of his times, but he explicitly turns to them, and accepts their generous hospitality.

What a deep change!  The encounter on the road to Damascus tore the veil of the Law that limited perspectives in order to soar in God’s horizons.  Now for him there is no longer man or woman, Jew or Greek, slave or free, but only children of God for whom Christ shed His blood, and who cannot be denied such a great gift.  This is how the Word operates when it is received in its relational dimension.  One feels not only ‘like’ Christ but ‘with’ Christ and ‘in’ Christ.  We can say with St. Paul, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ living in me”.

If our eyes are still discriminating, it means that we hear the Word but do not listen to it.  Maybe we know how to take it apart exegetically, but it does not minimally touch us at the relational level.  Thus Christ is for us a great person to admire, but He is outside our daily life.  We may find it hard to admit this.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will dwell on my relationship with Jesus for some time.  Is He my close and loving Friend to whom I speak and share my life with?  How and when do I converse with Him. 

Lord Jesus, help me to be Your friend as You are mine.  Knock down my prejudices towards people who are perhaps different or needy.  Let me embrace everyone as You do, showing respect for everyone as You do.  Clothe me in Your mentality, with Your attitudes, with Your gentleness. 

The Voice of Michel Quoist, Author

The other, every other, is a brother/sister to love.  They are journeying with us toward the Father’s house.  The other is Jesus.


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