Posted by: livingscripture | April 24, 2015

Third Friday of Easter

From the Word of the DayJesus speaking

 “The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’  Jesus said to them, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you.  Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.  For my Flesh is true food, and my Blood is true drink.  Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood remains in me and I in him.  Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.”     (John 6: 52-57)                                                                     

How should we live this Word

 Jesus tells us that He alone gives us eternal life.  Here, ‘eat’ means ‘chew’ with the teeth.  His Flesh is to be chewed so that it is well assimilated in order to receive its vital energy.  The fruit of this ‘chewing’ is that we remain in Him, that is, we are in communion with the life that is proper to love.  Love is not ‘con-fusion’, by which one suppresses the other.  Love is ‘communion’, a reciprocal dwelling in each other, to inhabit and be inhabited by the other.  Only by chewing Him can we live of Him, by Him, and for Him.  The beloved becomes the life of the one who loves Him.  “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me,” (Cf. Galatians 2: 20).  This is the fruitful and liberating Mystery of Love!

 In my pause for silent contemplation, I will thank Jesus for becoming my Food and Drink and for sharing His intimate life with me in the Eucharist.

Lord Jesus, every time you enter into me, transform me into You so that I too, like St. Paul, may say, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me”.

The Voice of Father Turoldo

Christ, my sweet ruination; You are joy and torment together.  It is impossible to love you with impunity.  Sweet ruination, Christ, who destroys in me all that is not love.  It is impossible to love You without paying the price of the money of life!  It is impossible to love You and not change my life and not throw emptiness out of my arms, and not widen the horizons I breathe.

 

 

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