Posted by: livingscripture | May 8, 2017

Fourth Monday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 8, 2017

FOURTH MONDAY OF EASTERTIDE

WORD of the DAY

 The Spirit told me to accompany them without discriminating. (Acts 11: 12)

How shall I live this Word?

As we read the Acts of the Apostles during this week, we can continue to study the beauty of the unique and universal human vocation, love.  We can even go beyond the quasi magical way of thinking of a vocation as something hidden, mysterious but already defined, only to be discovered, guessed, taken.

The experience of the Risen One awakens the minds and hearts of the disciples and obliges them to look at reality in a different way.  There is no longer the physical presence of Jesus to follow, listen to, help.  There is no longer only the news of His death to cry over.  There is new energy that gives courage, makes them go beyond Jesus Himself, consoles the heart, and opens eyes and minds to new horizons.  There is the Holy Spirit: an unknown divine Person who does not satisfy the senses but urges them on.  St. Paul will say, “the Love of Christ urges us” (Cf. Romans 12:9).  It is the Spirit who now speaks to Peter who is half asleep and tells him to go and cross a terrible threshold of those times: enter into the house of a pagan and speak of Jesus, of the Messiah, of the Son of God to someone who is not Jewish.

Peter is shocked and can no longer think of pure and impure, but must recognize that the Spirit not only moves him and gives him strength, but acts before him, opening new roads to the Good News even in the hearts of Gentiles.  The first and last meaning of vocation is to go to seek and meet Jesus wherever and in whomever He shows Himself.

Lord, grant that we too may go without hesitating wherever you move us toward others, without privileging those who think like us, but letting ourselves be guided by the Spirit who goes before us and prepares the heart of the people.

The Voice of Pope Francis in his Discourse for the 54th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

 Jesus is anointed by the Spirit and sent.  To be a missionary disciple means to actively participate in the mission of Christ, which Jesus describes in the synagogue of Nazareth:The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,  because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).  This is our mission too: to be anointed by the Spirit and go toward our sisters and brothers to proclaim the Word, becoming an instrument of salvation for them.

 

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