FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 26, 2021
EASTER MONDAY 4
WORD of the DAY
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” (John 10: 7-10)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus reveals himself in the first place as the gate for the sheep, that is, as the one who introduces the path that leads to salvation into true life. Probably Jesus gives this discourse near one of the gates of the city of Jerusalem in the closing moment of a feast. Jesus is the gate: to find salvation it is necessary to go through Him. That is, He is the one whom the Father sent into the world. A single gate gives access to the enclosure, both for the shepherd and for the sheep, and this gate is Christ. In fact, those who pass through Jesus will live communion with Him, will obtain the goods of divine life, and will find messianic salvation. The indication to enter and to go out in Semitic style, indicates totality and therefore full communion with Jesus the Shepherd. Unlike the thief who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, Jesus gives life in abundance. He is the salvation in all the vital human dimensions. The confirmation of this discourse of Jesus is Psalm 23 where the identikit of this good and beautiful Shepherd is described in a poetic and amazed form: Jesus, the Christ.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. In green pastures he makes me lie down; to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul. He guides me along right paths for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. You set a table before me in front of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Indeed, goodness and mercy will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the Lord for endless days.
The Voice of Maurice Bellet, Philosopher and Theologian
Divine tenderness is peace, merciful peace, calmness. It is a sweet and maternal hand that knows, comforts, repairs without trauma, puts it back in the right place. It is a look similar to that of a mother on the child who is born.
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