FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fifth Saturday of Easter, May 5, 2018
WORD of the DAY
During [the] night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words, “Come over to Macedonia and help us”. (Acts 16: 9)
How shall I live this Word?
It is interesting to follow the itinerary of St. Paul in his going to evangelize some citizens of Asia Minor, a trip that is under the sign of a sure guide, that of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle is no longer accompanied by Barnabas, but by Timothy. He is the one to whom he will later write letters that are useful to us today as well to understand not only the doctrine but also the heart of Paul. Here we see him totally dedicated to the mission of evangelization.
A noteworthy fact is that even at night he is instructed in this regard. So much so, that a Macedonian appears to him and begs him to go to Macedonia with the aim of helping them with his proclamation of the newness of Christ.
Immediately attentive and totally open to God’s will, Paul and Timothy leave quickly for this mission in the region of the peninsula situated in southeastern Europe. At that time, it was an important area and a powerful one. Thus, it is not by chance that the Spirit of God directs Paul toward those places where the LIGHT OF CHRIST had not yet reached.
We do not have visions, but the power of the Gospel. It is by the Gospel itself, Your voice O Lord, that we are called to say: Show us where and how to move in the areas where we live. Help me, Lord, so that I may be a true Christian witness of Your love, full of the light of the Truth and the continual newness of a love that is lived and ever given.
The voice of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Do everything as though it all depended on you, knowing that all depends on God.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA