Posted by: livingscripture | May 13, 2017

Fourth Saturday of Eastertide

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 13, 2017

FOURTH SATURDAY OF EASTERTIDE

 

WORD of the DAY

Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles (Acts 13: 46)

How shall I live this Word?

The two great missionaries declare their definitive move toward the pagans.  The reaction of the Jews showed them to be unworthy of receiving the gift of the Good News, which is for hearts that are free and ready to be born again from on high.  It cost them dearly to make this choice.  However, they make it with courage and firmness, even if this means their roads separate.

It is somewhat like Pope Francis today.  At sixty years since Vatican Council II, many communities in the Catholic Church seem to want to go backwards and close themselves in more comfortable, secure positions of keeping the faith rather than evangelizing.  Francis instead, opens doors and windows to other ways and other cultures, irritating the ‘righteous’, provoking those far off and making himself far off as well!  Today, the dust must be shaken from our feet in the face of some fundamentalist and myopic ‘sacristans’ who again suffocate the faith with religious observances that are an end in themselves.

Lord, forgive our hypocrisy, our fears.  Give us courage and enthusiasm!

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

 This is our first trust: God goes beyond our expectations and surprises us with His generosity, making the fruit of our work abound beyond the calculations of human efficiency.

With this evangelical trust, we open  ourselves to the silent action of the Spirit who is the foundation of the mission.  There can never be either vocational pastoral or Christian mission without assiduous prayer and contemplation.  In this sense, we need to nourish Christian life with listening to the Word of God and, above all, taking care of our personal relationship with the Lord in Eucharistic adoration, the privileged ‘place’ of our encounter with God.

 

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