FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fourth Friday of LENT
March 27, 2020
WORD of the DAY
After this, Jesus moved about within Galilee; but he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. …So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come. (John 7: 1/30)
How shall I live this Word?
Here the danger of death is felt in the air: they want to kill Jesus; first, however, they try to arrest Him, to limit His word, His gestures, but they fail. A question comes naturally: “Is it possible to imprison God?” Unfortunately! We can imprison God in our schemes when we have a hardened heart and we become rigid, banal, inattentive people, basically, when we proceed in one direction, restricting the field of vision to our interests only. We can imprison God with our twisted reasoning, our desire to have everything under control! The pretense of wanting to understand God’s action! But God does not allow himself to be captured. How many times do we live the tension between capturing Him, silencing Him, the presumption of understanding Him, and we do not welcome the Word that saves, that gives life. Not listening to the Word is not only ‘arresting’ the Word, but it is already ‘killing’ the Word.
Thy Will be done!”
The voice of Pope Francis Meeting with the Discalced Carmelites, Madagascar 2009
I think that all of you, cloistered nuns, have come to be close to the Lord and seek the way of perfection, but the way of perfection is found in these small steps of charity, on the road of obedience. Small steps, which seem as nothing, but are small steps that make God a slave. Small threads that imprison God. […] Small, very small, because our little soul cannot do great things.
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