Posted by: livingscripture | May 12, 2015

Sixth Tuesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.”   

(Acts 16: 32)

How should we live this Wordimage047- creation

 Some people Luke describes in the Acts are prepared to receive the person of Jesus.  Others happen to by chance, in strange situations that are almost embarrassing.  The narration of the freeing of Paul and Silas from prison is written on the lines of the narration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  As in the passion, we read of the fright of the guards posted at the tomb at the moment of the resurrection, and here we see a jailer who wants to kill himself because he sees the doors of the prison opened wide.  He fears that all his prisoners have escaped that that he will be sorely punished, being deemed guilty of what happened.

Instead, there is Paul’s reassuring voice that tells him no one has escaped.  The extreme liberty of this prisoner wins him over.  There are no chains, locked doors, or anything else that can deprive these men of their freedom.  And even when they have the chance to escape, they do not…they do not need to.

What happened?  Paul invites him to believe in Jesus.  He baptizes his family and a night of potential tragedy is transformed into a feast that celebrates the newness that invades and vivifies the ordinary time of an ordinary day.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to fill me with the joy of His life in my daily routine.

Lord, never stop reminding me of salvation; believing in You is not only a personal fact.  It involves my responsibility and my freedom. It is realized in a community experience and affects the life of the community.

The Voice of E. Castellucci, Theologian

What does living a communitarian Christian faith really mean?  It means participation.  Looking at the Gospel and the practice of the first communities, we can indicate three directions: the witness of faith transmitted by the Apostles; active participation in the Liturgical Celebration, especially the Sunday Eucharist; the practice of love towards our sisters and brothers in the faith and also toward others, especially the most disadvantaged.


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