FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 21, 2019
WORD of the DAY
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead. (John 20: 3-9)
How shall I live this Word?
In our practical everyday philosophy we put the evidence at the end of any topic: with optimism we place a certain trust in a good to be obtained, and once we have it under our eyes, we take it for conquered. The evangelist John does not cease to surprise us by adopting the opposite dynamic: the disciple whom Jesus loved “saw and believed”. Here is the faith that is the highest virtue desired for everyone who sets out towards God. It is the crowning achievement of the expectations of those who have the courage to enter without fear into the tombs of their own depths. This is what the monk Anthony did, for example, who spent part of his ascetic experience by staying among the tombs of the Egyptians to face defeating that ancestral fear of death so familiar and often unconfessed for so many of us. Faith is the faculty that fills humanity with immortality and which highlights their call to survive death, to live endlessly in God.
In God, my life is perfectly complete from now on, because the enemy of all time – death – is defeated once and for all. Today I especially pray so that the faith I received as a gift may become increasingly conscious in me, a ‘sixth sense’ of which I have knowledge and experience, and which determines my basic attitude in dealing with various situations, until my uncertain walking gives way to the enthusiasm of running.
The Voice of J. Ratzinger, Theologian
Human beings do not truly reach themselves through what they do, but through what they receive. They are obliged to await the gift of love and cannot accept love other than in the form of gratuitous giving.
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Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili