WORD of the DAY
Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.’ (Acts 13: 46-47)
The feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius bring us the theme of evangelization. They are two saints, two intelligences that place themselves at the service of the Gospel and choose to go to live where Jesus is neither known or loved. They go among the people who need to know the beauty of their humanity, avoiding to be aggressively or harshly defensive. They are two interpreters of the openness of Christ Himself. The Good News was for the chosen people. They did not have ears to understand the Word of God that is now revealed to all peoples to the ends of the earth.
The service of Cyril and Methodius is so dedicated that they formulated an alphabet so that the Word could be written and read, meditated and proclaimed to the peoples of Eastern Europe. They are a radiant example of how to serve God by serving humanity in all its dimensions and needs.
Lord, grant that Europe and the whole world may rediscover their roots in order to rediscover their vocation to serve Jesus in humankind in its every expression.
The voice of a Pope
Their apostolate still has the eloquence of an ecumenical call for the people of today. They invite us to rebuild, in peace and reconciliation, the unity that was seriously broken at the time of Saints Cyril and Methodius, especially the unity of the East and the West.