Posted by: livingscripture | May 10, 2017

Fourth Wednesday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 10, 2017

FOURTH WEDNESDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY

 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who was a close friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.     (Acts 13: 1)

How shall I live this Word?

One of the first vibrant communities outside of Jerusalem is that of Antioch, Syria.  This land that today is so martyred and devastated, was the trampoline that launched a Christianity able to speak the most appropriate language to state and proclaim the Good News, especially to the European world. It was a new language, detached from traditions like that of the Hebrews that could suffocate in precepts and legalisms, the newness of the Gospel.

It is a community comprised of strangers, Jews born in the diaspora: business men, scientists, nobles, writers, and judges and any kind of people.  Barnabas, Symeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, men who had perhaps met the living Jesus, but above all the Risen Jesus, had had known Him and this leads them to speak of Him and proclaim Him.  They had taken the leap.  Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah, the artificer of the new covenant, revealer of the Father who has ascended and is seated at His right hand.  The power of the Spirit is present who allows them to think of life and death in a new way.  He has overturned the powerful from their thrones and has raised up the humble, bringing them the possibility of giving meaning to their tears, their suffering, their failures.

Lord, help us to penetrate the meaning of being evangelizers today.  Help us to feel ourselves missionaries, sent only to proclaim mercy, not to conquer or to affirm new powers or to win and subjugate.

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

 Those who have let themselves be attracted by the voice of God and have followed Jesus soon discover within themselves, the unstoppable desire to bring the Good News to their sisters and brothers through evangelization and the service of charity.  All Christians are constituted missionaries of the Gospel.

 

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