Posted by: livingscripture | May 20, 2015

Seventh Wednesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

 “At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus: “Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the Church of God that he acquired with his own Blood.  I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock.”

 (Acts 20: 28-29)

How should we live this WordPope Francis

 The two readings of today’s Liturgy are very beautiful.  They deal with two discourses of departure, of two testaments, that of Paul and that of Jesus.  Today we will refer to the first reading only.

The context is the same as yesterdays; Paul’s farewell to the presbyters.  He leaves them as a spiritual will, the task to be vigilant over themselves and over the flock.  He reminds them of their divine role as those responsible for the Church.  Their duty originates from the Holy Spirit because He is the one who “appointed you overseers, in which you tend the Church of God”.  To them, God entrusts the Church that belongs to God and to the Holy Spirit.  They must be vigilant so that, after his death, savage wolves will not enter and destroy the flock.

As we near Pentecost, we need to pray especially for our Pope Francis, the Bishops, and priests of the whole Church so that the Holy Spirit, who has “appointed them overseers in which to tend the Church of God”, will know how to live their role with full dedication and responsibility, in cordial unity with the Successor of Peter, and above all, with the holiness of their life. They must prevent the savage wolves from entering the Church and devastating the holy people of God, spreading discord and division.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will pray for all Church leaders that they may live holy lives and inspire the People of God.

Merciful Father, grant that Your Church, united in the Holy Spirit, may serve You will full dedication and form one heart and one soul.  Amen!

The Voice of St. Basil the Great, Church Father of the Ancient East

Just as pure and diaphanous bodies become resplendent when a bright ray strikes them, and they diffuse their splendor, so too the souls who carry in themselves the Holy Spirit, illuminated by Him, become spiritual and diffuse their grace on others.  From here comes knowledge of the future, intelligence of the mysteries, understanding of hidden things, distribution of charisms, participation in heavenly life and the choirs of angels, endless grace, dwelling in God, likeness to God, and lastly, the greatest thing we can desire, the divinization of the soul.

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