FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Fourth Wednesday of Easter Time
May 15, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness… because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So what I say, I say as the Father told me.” (John 12: 44-49)
How shall I live this Word?
These words are full of sunlight, but they must be read and meditated in their context which is St. John’s Gospel, the most sublime of all the four. In fact, Jesus puts into play His divine identity, to the point of saying that He is one with the Father: “Whoever sees me, sees the Father who sent me”. The last affirmation of this passage is also very powerful. Jesus affirms that He has come into this world with a precise and very noble mission: that of illumining and therefore, saving.
Today, men and women of every age and condition often risk losing the right spiritual orientation. The uproar of those who believe in the idols of money, things, pleasure, and power tends to obscure the path of Truth, of Justice, of Love. This is exactly why Jesus affirms the reason for His Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection. Yes, it is the accomplishment of a will…that of our Salvation.
The Voice of Plato, Greek Philosopher
We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when an adult person is afraid of the light.
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