Posted by: livingscripture | April 30, 2015

Fourth Thursday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”   (John 13: 20)

How should we live this WordMANI

 In these few lines of John’s Gospel, the word ‘receive’ occurs four times.  It is a word that opens deep meanings for life.  It is the scene of the mother bird who receives her nestling after its first flight.  It is the corolla of a flower that receives the industrious vitality of the bee or a father who receives his son who asks for love and forgiveness.  “To receive” is a verb that gives light and color, especially if we truly understand the depth of Jesus’ words, “whoever receives the one I send…” on which everything else is rests.

Whom do You send, Lord?  Obviously, it is those who communicate Your Word to me, administer the sacraments, the priests, the prophets, and also those who today shed light on how to live Your Gospel.  But I believe that You want to open my heart to the brightest spaces of existence.  Every person I meet during my day has been sent by You, Lord, because they are that neighbor that You want me to love; it is the person through which faith makes me see You, Lord Jesus.

What a splendid truth this theme of ‘receiving’ communicates to me!  To receive is an embrace that is understood and amplified to the point that I not only receive You but the Father as well, the Omnipotence of Love that never ceases to love, precisely because it never stops receiving the Son and all of us in Him.

 In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder this awesome truth of receiving and being received that is the constant flow of Divine Love between God and us and with each other.

Thank You, Jesus!  I know that as I broaden my capacity to receive, I will be more human, more Christian, and happier in my life.

The Voice of St. Francis of Assisi

Teacher, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  Because it is in giving that we receive; in pardoning that we are pardoned; in dying that we are born to Eternal Life!

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