FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Friday, January 25, 2019
CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL APOSTLE
Week 2 of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
He 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?
The life of a believer is a ‘risen’ life; it is pure power triggered in the field of a world mined by outright distrust. As Paul’s universalism testifies to us, it becomes the eloquent manifestation of beauty, richness, sweetness, magnanimity, strength of a God who wants to reach out to every creature. The nature of humanity is in itself ‘symbol’ and ‘sign’ that refers to something beyond itself. Those who know me by sight, recognize the features of my parents. Those who can see a little beyond appearances can understand how I am. Those who observe my actions see my attitudes, aspirations, style. Whoever looks at me when I move, will notice if I’m steady in my movements, if I trust my abilities, if I believe that the snake I hold in my hand will not bite me with its poison, if I fear the adversary. Whoever listens to my words will compare my language with theirs, will verify if I can speak to their heart. Those who see my hands will realize if they are able to open and settle with benevolence on the weak, to spread heat and light in those who have been torn by life, if they witness communion and welcome, if they can be the last offshoot of God’s arm, which He raises relentlessly in order to love!
The treasure of the faith is too precious and important for me to keep only for myself. It will multiply in the measure in which I am able to share it, and the more I share it, the more I will discover the riches that the Lord decided to entrust to me. No gesture, word, attitude, thought is neutral. All can be a reason for joy and an invitation to faith and become like a large net that will gather a huge number of fish!
THE VOICE OF Pope St. Gregory the Great
What kind of sentinel am I, then, who instead of being on the mountain at work, I still lie in the valley of weakness? But the Creator and Redeemer of humankind has the capacity to give me, though unworthy, elevation of life and efficiency of language because for His sake, I do not spare myself in talking about Him..
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Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili