FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 20, 2021
EASTER TUESDAY 3
WORD of the DAY
The crowd said to Jesus: “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” So they said to Jesus, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6: 30-35)
How shall I live this Word?
If we are Christians, true Christians, ‘advanced’ on the journey, we are not uprooted from the world, from all its suggestions, and from all the daily commitments and concerns. On the contrary, we should not be surprised because temptations, contradictions, fascination of immanent things do not let go, they torment us more than usual. They are the voices we hear inside: instincts, passions, attractions, seductions, which resonate and amplify because we are and continue to be of the flesh; we are and continue to be fragile. We are men and women exposed to strong winds, like when on the top of a mountain. Christians live this inner battle because, even if we are in exile, we are fully immersed in the contradictory reality of this world. We welcome and taste the great emotions that belong to human experience; we do not discard anything of our genome. And precisely aware of this, we aspire to the perfection of humanity, to become like Christ. We are hungry for Him.
Today, in a way consonant with my health and state, I will give up some food that I like and will strengthen myself more with prayer.
The Voice of Giancarlo Bruni, Religious
Human beings are thirsty for psychic balance between impulses, affections, and knowledge, thirsty to find a meaning in life in which to flourish, thirsty to be washed from illness, and for a flood of water that uproots the root of evil in them.
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