FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 18, 2021
EASTER SUNDAY 3
WORD of the DAY
While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them. (Luke 24: 36-42)
How shall I live this Word?
The bells continue to ring, there remains that suspended, festive atmosphere that gently envelops these days when we heard the Easter announcement ringing again. The strange restlessness of unpublished facts heard about has not subsided. The body of Jesus is not found, and a traveler mysteriously became a companion for some. There are the distorted reports of the soldiers, the banal chatter that wants to belittle recent events … In a small community that is lost, it poses many questions and they think about what to do. A bell announces an important visit: Jesus himself. He is a real Jesus, of flesh and blood, who by His greeting comforts and reassures, “Peace be with you!” It is flesh, His, that I feel like mine. It is when His life passes through my veins too that hope is regenerated in me, the light is rekindled, the will is reactivated. I finally find someone I can count on, one who does not tie me to Himself to keep me bound, but gives me to His brothers and sisters, leaves me in a community where I can flourish, asks me to recognize Him in those who eat bread with me every day.
Today with some brother or sister in the faith I will avoid useless chatter and open my heart by speaking of my personal relationship with Jesus, of my having met Him in the Church.
The Voice of Gregory Nazianzus
There are things that do not exist but of which we speak instead of those that exist but of which we do not speak. There are some that do not exist and of which we do not speak; others, on the other hand, that have both characteristics, exist and are talked about.
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