Posted by: livingscripture | April 8, 2016

Second Friday of Easter


From the Word of the Day 

Jesus went across the Sea of Galilee.  A large crowd followed him, because they saw the signs he was performing on the sick…When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world”.  Since Jesus knew that they were going to come and carry him off to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain alone.  (John 6: 1, 14-15)

 How should we live this Word prayer 2

Jesus the Rabbi, by now acclaimed by the crowds, goes alone into that inhospitable place that is the desert or the harsh solitude of the mountains.  This time, He has another reason to free Himself from the exuberant enthusiasm of the crowd.  The people want to proclaim Him King!  But, as He will clearly say to Peter, He is a king but not of this earth.  His sovereignty is intimately tied to that ‘Kingdom of God’ which is the victory of all truth, beauty, and goodness over all that is false, evil, and putrid.  Precisely because Jesus lives and dies for the triumph of all this, He flees the applause, the emptiness of worldly vanity, and seeks a time for silence in the desert or on the mountain.

His choice is very appropriate!  Today more than ever, we are assailed by the complacent chatter that is one with the swollen eulogies of personal interests.

Lord, help me to distinguish between the encouraging appreciation of what I am or do from empty compliments.  Help my will to take times of solitude and silence.  It does not matter if they are on a mountain or only in my room or where I work, as long as they are present in my life.

The Voice of St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Noise does not do the good and the good does not make noise.




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