Fourth Thursday of Easter Time

Fourth Thursday of Easter Time
May 16, 2019

WORD of the DAY

(After Jesus had washed the feet of His disciples) He said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I know those whom I have chosen. But so that the scripture might be fulfilled, ‘The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.’ From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (John 13: 16-17)

How shall I live this Word?
Above all, Jesus is clarifying some social usages in the order He intends to accomplish them. Note well, that this clarity comes right after the powerful gesture of washing the feet of His disciples. What He immediately says is an affirmation: the servant is not the master, but one who is called to serve. The messenger is not more important than the one who sent him. Certainly, everyone is called to live according to what God desires from them, within the Truth of the assignment – mission – which gives weight and value to life. We only need to do it!
Lord, it is very beautiful that You anticipate us with a bright certainty: we are blest, happy, here and in Eternal Life if we commit ourselves to live Your Will every day.

The Voice of Martin Buber, Philosopher and Theologian

Our authentic mission in this world where we have been placed cannot be at any time that of turning our back on the things and beings we meet and that attract our heart. On the contrary, it is precisely that of entering into contact through the sanctification of the bonds that unite us to them, and with which they manifest themselves as beauty, feeling of well-being, enjoyment.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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