FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 25, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them. (Luke 24: 35-48)
How shall I live this Word?
Experience precedes knowledge and sets the conditions for it: the news of the resurrection imposes itself in all its relevance, not so much for the intellectual solicitation it can ask, but for the fact that the disciples – first of all them! – meet the risen Jesus and talk to Him, see Him eat, can touch Him and feel close to Him. Therefore our being Church, our coming together in the name of the Lord is already a concrete experience of the presence of the Risen One, who comforts us and reveals to us our identity as redeemed. We live our reality as a Church and experience Christ when we gather together animated by a sincere impulse of the heart, which questions the true meaning of life and is not satisfied with ‘hearsay’. Someone who has done the Emmaus experience before us calls us and makes us partakers of joy. We enter into this inexhaustible exchange of gifts, where word is summed up by word and with the contribution of so many witnesses the Tradition is established, while the wealth of experience becomes a shared heritage!
The illusion of being able to save ourselves in an individualistic way, regardless of the community, is a recurring temptation. Today I want to place myself in the humility of recognizing myself in need of the other, and if I really wish to meet the Risen One I will take a step towards my brother/sister, to experience together with them the perennial fruitfulness of the Church..
The Voice of Fr. L. Milani, Pastor
Those who give their freedom are freer that those who are forced to keep it.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili