Posted by: livingscripture | May 2, 2016

Sixth Monday of Easter

 

 

From the Word of the Day

All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.  They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.  I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you.    (John 16: 1-4)

 How should we live this Word   Cross 1

Jesus had predicted the unmerited hatred toward Him and the Cross.  Soon after, it would be a time of confusion for the Apostles.  There then be reflection and guarding in the heart of the Word Jesus had given them in abundance, in confidence, and in the intimate farewell discourse.  It is the way that the community of the disciples will follow to understand the Cross as victory over evil, the salvation of humankind, and the Glory of God.  He knows that without His Presence we are fragile and cannot resist the temptation to despair, to be scandalized and thus He warns us.

He knows that His way of living is not of this world, even if it is the most human, and His logic is a logic paid for with the Cross!  He knows this and He tells us, but He also leaves us free to choose which God/god to serve, to worship and this choice is the litmus test to understand which God/god we believe in.

Thus, it happens that we kill or we are killed; we discriminate or are discriminated; we exclude or are excluded in the name of a god.  But these things happen where God is not present; where there is no Love, but only evil.  There is ignorance, the negation of the Love of the Father and the Son.  Ignoring the Father is equivalent to failing to recognize ourselves as His children and the others as our sisters and brothers.

The Voice of Pope Francis 

Today we are witnesses of those who kill Christians in the name of God because they are unbelievers according to them.  This is the Cross of Christ: “They do this because they have known neither the Father nor me”.  Jesus says, “What happened to me will happen to you as well – persecutions, tribulations – but do not be scandalized.  The Holy Spirit will guide us and help us understand”.

A Christian who does not take seriously this martyr dimension of life has not yet understood the road that Jesus has taught us: the road of daily martyrdom; the martyrdom road of defending human rights; the martyrdom road of defending children; of mothers and fathers who protect their family; the martyrdom road of many sick people who suffer for love of Jesus.  We all have the possibility of continuing this Easter fruitfulness on this road of martyrdom, without falling away.

 

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