FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
April 28, 2019
WORD of the DAY
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (John 20: 19-20)
How shall I live this Word?
The great event of the Resurrection had not yet been integrated by the apostles in spite of the testimony of the women. The little community is locked in and fearful. Every knock on the door provokes fright. Maybe the Jews are looking for the Teacher’s friends to condemn them.
Suddenly, Jesus comes, stops among them and tells them, “Peace be with you”! The place is illumined by His presence. The disciples can attest to the truth of His Passion, His hands and side. Everything is so concrete and clear, like their joy at seeing the Lord.
In the same way, our life today is made serene by the presence of the Spirit. Our face smiles and with the bright presence of God’s Son, we can overcome all our fears and we are given the possibility of becoming peacemakers.
The Voice of St. Ambrose, Church Doctor
He accepted, not the appearance, but the reality of the incarnation. He took my sadness upon Himself to give me the gift of His joy.
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Comment by Sr. Graziella Curti, FMA