Posted by: livingscripture | April 7, 2017

Fifth Friday of Lent

 

 

WORD of the DAY

 

I have shown you many good works from my Father.   (John 10: 31-42)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus came to show us the Father’s face…the face of mercy and compassion.  He became enfleshed, one of us that we might see, and touch, and hear, and listen to Him.  Jesus came as the WAY, TRUTH, LIFE.   He came into our world, lived and worked in it; preached and healed in it; suffered and died in it.  This is the marvel of the coming of Jesus, who is God.

What does this tell us?  It tells us that like Him, we are to live and work and suffer and die in this world to bring the Father into it, to show the Father’s mercy and compassion.  When Pope Francis tells us to reach out to others, to find ways within our possibilities of helping those in need, he is telling us to be Jesus for others; to be his hands and heart to lift up, to heal, to attend to.  As followers of Jesus, we cannot remain seated comfortably in our own little world, just as Jesus did not remain in the little world of His hometown and His carpenter shop. Reach out as Jesus did and still does with us each day.  Light your little candle that will add to the world’s brightness.

Jesus, help us to be You for all we meet along our way.

The voice of the Servant of God Madeleine Delbrel 

The faith is not a luxury.  It is a know-how for loving God and working for God at God’s own work.  In the area of God’s work we are all assigned precise tasks, for it is God who initiated each work and brings each to completion.  He works unceasingly: He doesn’t give us the leisure to mess around doing nothing.

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