Posted by: livingscripture | January 4, 2018

Thursday before Epiphany, January 4, 2018



Thursday, January 4, 2018

WORD of the DAY 

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”  He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So, they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day.  It was about four in the afternoon.       (John 1: 38-39)

How shall I live this Word?

For the first time in John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks and asks a question: “What are you looking for?”  The Teacher does not impose Himself with commands or laws.  He seeks an answer from those who follow Him.  It is a question that still today and that from us, desires a word, a return.  But instead of an answer, a question resounds in time and still today: “Rabbi, where are You staying?”

The need to know the identity of this mysterious man who has just worked extraordinary signs is evident.  Home is the place where we show ourselves in the transparency of relationships and of affections.  Where do You live means who are You? The invitation of the Teacher is totalizing.  He wants them at His home.  He loves to remain with them.  He wants to reveal Himself to us intimately.  “They stayed with Him that day”.

Making a home for each other is the fullness of joy.  May the Lord grant us the grace of remaining with Him all our days.

The Voice of Raimon Panikkar

Be silent.  This is the home of contemplation.



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