Posted by: livingscripture | May 7, 2018

Sixth Monday of Easter

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Sixth Monday of Easter, May 7, 2018

 WORD of the DAY 

 When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.  And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.    (John 15: 26-27)

 

How shall I live this Word?

With me from the beginning …” I like to think that these words of Jesus do not refer only to earthly time and therefore not only to the apostles who were with Him from the first moments of His public life. I would like to imagine it as that “being with me from the beginning” as the first principle, the origin of all things; that situation outside of time where the Father generates the Son and from whom the Spirit proceeds.

The situation where, at some point, we also originated. Eternity. Then each of us enters into time, into the reality where it seems that the memory of the first principle that created us was obscured. In time, at a certain point, the Son arrives so that the memory of the ‘beginning’ may be revived.

But the Son does not remain in time; after a short while He leaves, and the Spirit comes to us, who remains.  In remaining, He testifies that the life of the Son, His presence in the world was real, almost as if to awaken us from a dream, that we are in time, and rekindle continually in us the memory of our origin. This is our time: the Spirit speaks to us, speaks in us, and teaches us who we are and who God is. He does this so that together we can share these certainties and on the basis of this transform our lives, making them witness to love.

 Lord, may the faith that is in us be continually nourished by the presence of the Spirit who is received, loved, listened to.

 The voice of Pope Francis in Gaudete et exultate

 For Christians, it is not possible to think of their mission on earth without conceiving it as a path of holiness, because “this is in fact the will of God, your sanctification “(1 Thessalonians 4: 3). Every saint is a mission; is a project of the Father to reflect and incarnate, at a given moment in history, an aspect of the Gospel. “.

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