FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fifth Monday of Easter, April 30, 2018
WORD of the DAY
We proclaim to you good news that you should turn from these idols to the living God. (Acts 14: 15b)
How shall I live this Word?
It is a page that catches your attention, also because what is narrated alternates between the exciting and the amusing.
Paul, together with Barnabas, with whom he was announcing the Good News, was in Lystra: a city of Asia Minor. Here he met a man paralyzed from birth.
This poor man was there to listen to Paul’s sermon; when the latter met his gaze, he noted that he had faith and wished to be healed.
Thus, he said loudly: “Stand up straight”. At that moment the man was healed, and he was able to walk.
A sort of delirium broke out in the crowd that immediately believed they were dealing with the presence of two deities: none other than Zeus and Hermes. There was great enthusiasm and greater confusion as they brought votive crowns and were about to offer sacrifices in honor of Paul and Barnabas, the presumed deities.
They, for their part, were dismayed and tore their clothes, trying to convince the people that they were humans like them.
What matters most to us is the fact that the two apostles found even this an occasion to proclaim the Gospel, inviting everyone to conversion.
It is the living God who must be allowed to enter our own life: The God who is the Creator of all truth, goodness, and beauty in the life of the cosmos and in that of human beings.
It is precisely to this that the Sacred page also invites us today, so that the Resurrection of Christ Jesus can act as always, a new salvation in the life of each of our days and in the whole world.
The voice of Edmund Burke, Political Philosopher and British Author
“Superstition and credulity are the pseudo religion of the weak.”
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA