Posted by: livingscripture | May 24, 2014



                                                                     May 24, 2014

Fifth Saturday of Easter



From the Word of the Day


Jesus said to his disciples: If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.  Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master,’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.  If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.”

 (John 15: 18-20)             


How should we live this Word 010308_lead_tbg1

We cannot accompany these words of Jesus with some cheerful music.  It is a serious affirmation that casts aside all illusions without, however, filling our minds with fogs and fears.  If we are persecuted because of injustices and serious crimes we have committed, harming individuals or communities, then we should take our conscience into account.

But if we can say truthfully that we are accomplishing our duty, seeking not to privatize our success by what we do, keeping in mind everyone’s good, then we can live in deep peace.  Outside the mania to feel we are persecuted, if and when we should experience criticism because we are doing good in the Lord’s name, our life has meaning and we are walking in the light.

They persecuted the most innocent Jesus.  Thus, it could happen that I too may at times be persecuted or calumniated.  Rather than grieve over this, I should feel sorrow when the abuse comes from a person who does not know God and lives far from Him.  Who knows, it may be that I meet him/her precisely because I do not respond to violence with violence, and do not take revenge for evil done to me, but in God’s name, and helped by Our Most Holy Mother, I forgive the person.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will serenely listen to Jesus and unite myself to Him in His sufferings and in His joys, knowing that my own find meaning in Him. 

Lord, free me from believing I am being persecuted. Make me an instrument of Your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

The voice of St. John Bosco, Father and Teacher of Youth 

The reasons we have for being devoted to the Madonna are:  Mary is the holiest of all creatures.  Mary is the Mother of God.  Mary is our Mother.



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