FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 27, 2019
WORD of the DAY
When he had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either.
[But] later, as the eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. (Mark 16: 9-15)
How shall I live this Word?
The most reluctant to believe in the announcement of the resurrection are paradoxically the Eleven, for whom the word of the Gospel must penetrate through much thicker walls. When in fact Christianity becomes exclusivity and closure, we become ill with ‘cenacle illusion’, and we end up extinguishing that burning flame that Jesus came to light, and which inevitably leads us to go out and infect everyone. Before being apostles, we are sinners saved like the Magdalene, lost pilgrims and seekers of truth like the disciples of Emmaus, a people willing to let themselves be led by the shepherd, hardened infidels but with an open crack, to become a slit to let pass at least a beam of light.
Those who had been with Jesus “were in mourning and weeping”. How much am I willing today to let my life be turned upside down by the proclamation of the Gospel and to renounce my moods and states of mind, to become a new proclaimer of hope?
The Voice of Silvano Fausti, Biblist
The ideas are all wrong, it is reality, experience, that we must constantly confront, that counts. _____________________________________________________________________________
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Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili