From the Word of the Day
Then said Jesus unto them again, Amen, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
(John 10: 7)
Our readings this week will be taken from the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel of John, which chronicle the first Christian community, with its first study of the Kerygma and the very words of Jesus by a community already dispersed. The remembrance of Jesus’ words, prayed over and thought about by the first Christian community, is handed on to us in these pages and await our reading, our prayer, and our application.
A sheep fold, its entrance door, the persons who cross this threshold are the similitude built by Jesus so that the people who are listening can apply it to their lives, drawing from it meanings and sense that otherwise would be too difficult and inaccessible. In this reading, Jesus refers to Himself first as the door and then as the shepherd. He shows us the goodness of the shepherd who is recognized by the sheep, unlike the mercenary who is nothing like the shepherd. But He shows Himself to be the door before being the shepherd, which allows the transition to a new relationship and a new covenant.
He repeats that “I AM” of the burning bush, that refers to God’s continuous presence with us.
When will I see Your face O Lord? Let me contemplate You today without any more fear or veils; Your face full of affection, patience, reassuring, and full of trust in me.
The Voice of Enzo Bianchi, Monk
God has a human face; that of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Mary. God dwells in a body equal to ours. The disciples will say: our eyes have seen Him; our ears have heard Him; our hands have touched Him.