April 8, 2021 


WORD of the DAY 

The disciples of Jesus recounted what had taken place along the way, and how they had come to recognize him in the breaking of bread. 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: 35-43)

How shall I live this Word?   

The Risen One makes Himself present in the midst of His disciples in a personal, real, concrete way and not as a ghost or a simple idea. In this way He fulfills the promise made along the way: “When two or more are gathered in my name, I will be among them”(cf. Mt 18:20). Believing that Jesus is present in the community gathered in His name is not, however, a foregone conclusion. The evangelist underlines this difficulty when he affirms that the disciples “were still incredulous for joy.” A bit like when you say, in the face of something expected but is hard to believe: “It’s too good to be true!” But Jesus is alive and is truly present in the personal history of everyone. This is the message that resounds solemnly on Easter day and which should be renewed in the daily life of the disciples of all times.

We ask you, Lord, for the gift of a faith capable of making us rejoice in Your presence. The one that takes place every time we meet You in the Word listened to, in the Eucharist celebrated, in the community gathered in His name, in the welcome for our brother and sister. So be it!

The Voice of  Pope Francis, Christus Vivit

When an encounter with God is called ‘ecstasy’, it is because it pulls us out of ourselves and elevates us, captured by the love and beauty of God. But we must be made to come out of ourselves to recognize the beauty hidden in every being, their human dignity, their greatness as the image of God and child of the Father. The Holy Spirit wants to push us to come out of ourselves, to embrace others with love and seek their good. For this reason, it is always better to live the faith together and express our love in community life, sharing … our affection, our time, our faith, and our anxieties. The Church offers many and different spaces to live the faith in community, because together everything is easier.”

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