FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
SIXTH WENESDAY OF EASTER
25 May 2022
When they heard about resurrection of the dead,
some began to scoff, but others said,
“We should like to hear you on this some other time.” (Acts 17:32)
How shall I live this Word?
We are certain that Christ is risen and this is our faith, a faith that nourishes hope in us in the future life, but the future is already here. We connect this verse to the Hymn to Charity where we read in 1 Corinthians 13:7 that charity “hopes for everything”. We hope that those people who are internally dead can return to life: resurrect? Or do we deride them and if someone invites us to do something for them, we reply that we have something to do and we will talk about it another time? How many times does our heart of stone lead us to have these attitudes? Thanks to an examination of conscience, we can find out to whom we do not give hope and ask the Lord to give us a heart of flesh (cf. Ezekiel 11:19) so that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can help those who experience an interior death. This prevents us from praying for them with a cold heart (of stone) because with the heart of flesh, which we will receive during prayer, we will fulfill the commandment that Jesus gave us through the evangelist John, “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you “(Jn 13:12).
Lord, help me to love those who have lost all hope so that Your grace may act in them.
The Voice of Pope Francis – Angelus 30 October 2016
The gaze of Jesus goes beyond sins and prejudices. He sees the person with God’s eyes that do not stop on past sins, but foresees the future good.”
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