FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fourth Friday of Easter Time
May 17, 2019
WORD of the DAY
When they had accomplished all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are [now] his witnesses before the people. We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our ancestors he has brought to fulfillment for us, (their) children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my son; this day I have begotten you’. (Acts 13: 29-33)
How shall I live this Word?
We know that the Acts of the Apostles narrate what happened at the beginning of the Church after the Israelites and their leaders had arrived at the perverse death sentence of Jesus in Jerusalem.
Here we note an important clarification for our faith. By deciding to kill Christ Jesus, they actually fulfilled what had been announced in the enlightened texts of the prophets about the death of Christ followed by the resurrection.
The beauty is that, in the prophecies, the event of the future resurrection of the Lord had already shone. This is why this text can well state that God “fulfilled the promise for us by raising Jesus”!
Thank you Lord! Also in this brief passage there is a historical-inspired key to make us enter more and more into a mature faith. Even today, in fact, we need to know these texts of Sacred Scripture well, faithful to the history of that time penetrated by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
The Voice of Pope Francis
To remain, to remain faithful implies an exit. If one remains in the Lord one goes out of oneself. Paradoxically, precisely because one remains, if one is faithful, one changes. Do not remain loyal, like traditionalists or fundamentalists, to the letter. Fidelity is always a change, a flourishing, a growth..
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