Posted by: livingscripture | April 24, 2017

Second Monday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

April 24, 2017

SECOND MONDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY 

Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.  What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit.  Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.  The wind  blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.       (John 3: 5-8)

How shall I live this Word?

The Resurrection of Christ is the great Event that opens us to newness.  Today, the Gospel text tells of the meeting between Jesus and Nicodemus.  We too marvel at Jesus’ words and question how we can be born again.  We repeat the same thing today when looking at our world that is doing very badly.  There are wars, injustices impossible to stop; human evil arrives to unthinkable levels; there is no hope; do we seriously think that something can still be done, something new?

Jesus responds with the newness of the Spirit.  The Spirit blows where it will, as it will.  Have you not heart His voice?  Close your eyes, let the Spirit’s breath enter your heart and listen to God who speaks to you.  The Spirit breathes without us knowing where it comes from, but we know He brings us toward love if we let ourselves be guided by Him.

Our world needs the Spirit and perhaps your heart is the door through which this breath of life can fill many others.

COME SPIRIT of LOVE!  COME SPIRIT of PEACE!  FILL MY HEART!

The Voice of Pope Francis

 Novelty always fills us with a bit of fear because we feel safer if we have everything under control; if we are the ones who build, plan, project our life…And this happens even with God…We find it difficult to abandon ourselves to Him with full confidence, letting it be the Spirit who animates and guides our life…We are afraid that God will take us on new roads; will take us out of our often limited horizons that are closed, egoistic, and open us to His horizons.  But, in the entire History of Salvation, when God reveals newness, and God always brings newness, He transforms and asks us to trust Him totally.  ( General Audience, May 19, 2013)

 

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