ALIVE IN JESUS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

FIFTH SATURDAY OF EASTER

21 May 2022

WORD of the DAY 

Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.”
(John 15: 20-21)

How shall I live this Word?  

After having declared His love and friendship to us in the Gospels of the previous days, Jesus offers us a painful future. He warns us that the fate of a true believer is identical to His own. If He was persecuted, we will be too. But beware of the traps that can insinuate themselves into our hearts. In fact, we are not always persecuted because of the name of the good Lord. Sometimes in fact, if we are hated it is our fault due to our not very evangelical behavior. Certainly, the current context is not easy or welcoming for those who want to follow the Master and His Gospel without compromise. Generous love for the poor; welcome of the different; the sobriety of life; endurance of those who do not esteem us or those who reject us. It is clear that following Jesus is not very comfortable today. However, there is a strength and a courage that comes to us from hope. It is the Lord Himself who confirms this, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” How wonderful, however, to think that we have been chosen by Him, who gave His life for us. So, let’s ask the good Lord to increase our faith, to give us more and more courage, not to be intimidated or bent by the hostile words that the world reserves for us.

O Father, who have satisfied us, in your wonderful grace grant us that enlightened by the truth of the Gospel, we may build the Church with the witness of our life. Through Christ our Lord. (Prayer after Communion)

The Voice of the Letter to Diogenes

The Christians love everyone, and are persecuted by everyone. They are not known and they are condemned; they are given death, and they receive life from it…Abused in food and drink, the soul is refined; even Christians who are mistreated are multiplying every day. God has put them in such a place that it is not permissible for them to abandon it.

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