FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 4, 2021
WORD of the DAY
On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. (John 20: 1-9)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus is alive and is permanently present in history. “I will be with you always, until the end!” It is a promise that requires, in order to be recognized as a promise kept, the grace of opening the eyes through faith. In the Gospel account of the Easter liturgy this is said in the passage in which the beloved disciple, entering the empty tomb, “sees and believes”. He sees not only with the senses but with the eyes of faith! Only in this way is it possible to recognize that Jesus is alive and present. The disciples after Easter and, above all, after the descent of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, must learn to recognize Jesus alive and present in His Word, in the Eucharist, in the community that prays gathered in His name and in the sacrament of His brothers and of His sisters.
Jesus is alive! May this announcement resound in our hearts and awaken our faith! Lord, help us to bring it to everyone, with the consistent witness of a life made Gospel.
The Voice of Pope Francis, Christus Vivit
What he touches becomes young, becomes new, is filled with life. Therefore, the first words I want to address to each young Christian are: He lives and wants you alive! He is in you, He is with you and He never goes away. As far as you may go away, next to you is the Risen One, who calls you and waits for you to start over. When you feel old from sadness, grudges, fears, doubts or failures, He will be there to give you back strength and hope.
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