Posted by: livingscripture | May 18, 2014

Fifth Sunday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 

The Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, ‘It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table.  Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task, whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word’.”

 (Acts 6: 2-3)      

 

How should we live this Wordimage078- worship

We are at the origins of Christianity.  The Good News of the Gospel has reached some people, but they are not yet converted.  As happens everywhere, rivalries break out.  There are accusations between two different ethnic groups, the Hebrews and the Greeks.  The Greek people lament because of the fact that in performing the charitable work of daily assisting the widows, the Hebrews ignore the needs of those of Greek origin.  It is interesting to note how the Twelve deal with this uncomfortable reality.

First, they convoke those who lived as true disciples of the Lord, who were coherent with His Gospel.  Knowing they would be listened to, they proposed their solution to them.  Without any perplexity, they proclaimed the primacy of service to the Word, yet were careful not exclude the service at table.  This second service, in order to be authentic, had to be full of evangelical charity.  They invited the disciples to elect from among themselves, seven reputable men who would accomplish this task.

The Church of God bases itself on this delicate equilibrium.  To the ordained priesthood belongs the ministry of the Word and what flows from it, above all, the Eucharistic celebration.  To lay persons with a good spiritual preparation, is entrusted the task of attending to all those expressions of charity that, realized in Christ’s Mystical Body, become expressions of ‘Baptismal priesthood’.  It is precisely this priesthood that makes the true believer, not only a follower of Christ, but a prolongation of His presence among us today.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the role God has given me in His Church.  I will thank Him for it and ask Him to give me the grace to fulfill it with love and diligence.

Lord, I ask You, grant that Your priests and lay people may be dedicated workers and esteem each other, collaborate with each other, and seek Your Kingdom with humble and zealous hearts.

The voice of Benedict XVI in ‘Deus Caritas’

At the start of being a Christian, there is no ethical decision or grand idea, but rather the encounter with an event, with a Person who gives new horizons to life and, with this, a decisive direction.

 


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