Posted by: livingscripture | May 2, 2017

Third Tuesday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 2, 2017

THIRD TUESDAY  OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY 

So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.             (John 6: 32-33)

How shall I live this Word?

We are in contact with the holiness of the Word that, if prayed and lived, redeems our life from many risks of sliding into the darkness of emptiness and meaninglessness.  To penetrate this Word is to ‘live’ the Gospel pages in the presence of Jesus among humans.  He was followed by crowds of every kind of people who recognized a fascination that was not only earthly.  But there was also the jealousy, envy, and hatred that the Lord breathed, because of the Pharisees, Scribes, and doctors of the Law and people like them who were always ready to contradict Him with bitterness and evil intent.

Now they contrast Moses to Him, because he was a great man of God and obtained manna for the people in the desert.  Jesus just tries to give space to the truth because the facts of the Old Testament are like a flicker of the dawn, while His words and works, His very prayerful presence is like the midday sun in a triumph of blue.

Thus the manna is a prefiguring of something immensely greater that has come from Heaven, the heaven of the Father.  It is the Father Himself who has sent Jesus, His Son, of His divine essence.  Jesus is the one who redeems us from evil, not only with the guiding light of His Word but by His Cross as well.

Lord, You are the one who has given life to the world, and to me who is part of it.  Now this event is so great that it would be enough of itself, to bring light to my days.  But there is more.  You give life to the world with the silent Mystery that is repeated on every altar…the Eucharist.

Save me Lord from habit, from the grayness that extinguishes life in the heart.  Nourish me with Your Word and the courage to make You the Center of my life.

 

The Voice of Athenagoras, Patriarch of Constantinople

The Eucharist is above all union with the Risen One who resurrects us interiorly; He is the celestial bread that communicates eternal life to us already in this life.

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