FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 28, 2021
EASTER WEDNESDAY 4
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. (John 12: 44-46)
How shall I live this Word?
In the Gospels of these days, especially those of John, the revelation of the Father continues through the words of Jesus. The Teacher is eager to repeat the importance that the Father has in His life and what He must have in the life of those who believe. His intimacy with the Father is radical. To believe in Jesus is to believe in the One who sent Him. This sentence is a summary of the Gospel of John. It is the theme that appears and reappears in many ways. Jesus is so united with the Father that He does not speak in His own name, but always in the name of the Father. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father. If you want to know God, look at Jesus. God is Jesus! With good reason, therefore, the Church of Milan, led by the then Cardinal Montini, during the mission of the city in 1958, chose it as a heartfelt invocation. “Lord Jesus, let us know the Father.” Identification with the Father “whoever sees me sees the one who sent me” allows Jesus to be the light of the world and to save those who follow Him and will follow from the darkness of evil. Again through His communion with the Father, Jesus becomes a living answer to the great questions that move and inspire the search of the human being. It is a light that illumines the horizon. It reveals the bright side of the darkness of faith.
O Lord, grant that my faith may be active and give charity the reasons for its moral expansion, so that it may be true friendship with You and be in You in the works, in the sufferings, in the expectation of the final revelation, a continuous witness, a constant nourishment of hope. (Paul VI).
The Voice of Bishop Tonino Bello
“Patient and Merciful “is the combination that often occurs in both the Old and the New Testament to describe the nature of God. In Psalm 103: 3-4 it is written: ” He forgives all your sins, heals all your infirmities, saves your life from the pit, surrounds you with goodness and mercy.” In Psalm 146: 7-9: “The Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds … The Lord supports the poor, but upsets the ways of the wicked.” Furthermore, the refrain: “Eternal is His mercy” is repeated in each verse of Psalm 136, while the story of God’s revelation is told.”
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