FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Tuesday 25 January 2022
Jesus appeared to the Eleven and said to them: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16: 15-18)
How shall I live this Word?
Today we celebrate the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle which seals the Ecumenical Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Jewish Saul becomes the apostle Paul, confirms himself as the Apostle of the Gentiles. He is the One who lived fully the command of Jesus, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature”.
Today this command is addressed to us. Perhaps we often feel inadequate, incapable, incredulous. It is precisely there that Jesus repeats to us: Go, proclaim!
The verse that precedes the announcement command is this, “… He rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who saw Him resurrected”. Incredible! After criticizing their lack of faith, He places all his trust in them and invites them to go, to fight against evil, to heal people with goodness and meekness, to break the mechanisms of murmuring and gossip, and communicate with the language of love.
Saint Francis said to his friars: “Always preach the Gospel and, if necessary, also with words!” This makes our Christian life authentic.
Lord grant that I may witness with a life of joy that I believe in You.
The Voice of Paul Albera, 2nd successor of Don Bosco
Let us throw ourselves confidently, dear friends, into the arms of God, as our good Father did; then the sweet need to speak about him will also form in us, and we will no longer be able to make any speeches without starting or ending with him. Then not only our thoughts and words, but also our actions will feel something of the fire of divine love, to welcome the edification of one’s neighbor; then, above all, the ordinary exercises of religious perfection will succeed naturally, as they were to Don Bosco, and we will take all our care so as not to neglect any of them.
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