FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 29, 2021
EASTER THURSDAY 4
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
WORD of the DAY
At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him. Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Matthew 11: 25-30)
How shall I live this Word?
To the little ones, the poor, the humble, He reveals the secrets of the Kingdom … The secret of a free heart is the way of simplicity, humility, and evangelical littleness, as opposed to irresponsible and foolish infantilism. And it is by faith, not voluntarism, that our will is committed to collaborating with the Spirit who sets us free on the paths of humility. Jesus, Wisdom and Most High God like the Father, humiliated Himself, to the point of accepting the opprobrium of the cross, was exalted, and everything was submitted to Him (cf. Phil 2: 6-11; 1Cor 15:27). The humble heart knows peace, precisely because it is free from the tyrannies of the ‘ego’ that it tends to lose out of love for Christ, finding its own profound ‘self’ (cf. Mt 17:25). And His peace is an irradiation of good, a condition of harmony in the community and where one works.
But you, O Lord, know my weakness: every morning I make the commitment to practice humility and in the evening I recognize that I have still committed repeated acts of pride. At this sight, I am tempted to be discouraged, but I understand that discouragement is also an effect of pride. I want, my God, to base my hope only in You. Since You can do everything, it gives birth to the virtue I desire in my heart. To obtain this grace from Your infinite mercy I will often repeat to you: “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart similar to Yours”. (Saint Therese of Lisieux).
The Voice of St. Catherine of Siena
We are Your image, and You are our image for the union You established between You and us, veiling eternal divinity with the poor cloud of Adam’s corrupted humanity. What is the reason? Surely love. For this ineffable love I beg You and I urge You to show mercy to Your creatures.
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