Posted by: livingscripture | May 12, 2017

Fourth Friday of Eastertide



May 12, 2017



WORD of the DAY

The inhabitants of Jerusalem …when they had accomplished all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb.  But God raised him from the dead,  and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem.   These are [now] his witnesses before the people .     (Acts 13: 27-31)

How shall I live this Word?

The powerful invitation enclosed in the Kerygma that summarizes all that happened to Jesus, but especially His rising from the dead and appearing for many days to the people who are now bearing witness to Him, shows us not to stop at the death of Jesus but to contemplate the mystery of His resurrection.  The accounts of His apparitions help us to make sense out of the empty tomb.  It is Jesus Himself, His reassuring words that bring us peace and give us the energy to change.

Lord, help us to contemplate You, to love You, and to recognize that You are Alive!

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

 Before the questions that emerge from the human heart and the challenges that face reality, we can feel sensations of confusion and a deficit of energy and of hope.  There is the risk that the Christian message may appear merely like a utopia that cannot be realized, or as a reality beyond our strength.  But if we contemplate the Risen Jesus who walks beside His disciples of Emmaus (CF Luke 24:13-15), our trust can be revived.  In this Gospel scene, we have a true and proper ‘liturgy of the road’ that precedes that of the Word and of the Bread broken, and which communicates with every step that Jesus is alongside us!





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