FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
JANUARY 16, 2021
Saturday – Week One
WORD of the DAY
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Mark 2: 17)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus constitutes the generative nucleus of the church with an overwhelming criterion of choice. Even He reveals that this is the meaning of His coming; not for the perfect but for sinners; not the pure but those in need of regeneration. Merciful love calls with power: everyone is asked where they are ‘seated’. The voice of the Lord awakens us from rickety chairs and various haggling tables, to stand up and recognize ourselves as seekers and also and precisely in the experience of a sinner – awaited, seen, known, loved, summoned. Not only does love heal by forgiving, but also by forgiving it calls to a new, transforming relationship with Him, with oneself, and with others. And thus, as a forgiven sinner, each one is made a living stone of the Church, the body of Christ in the world.
Father, in Jesus you make us meet your face of grace and mercy that individually calls each one to follow Him: let our life transformed by the surprising gratuitousness of Your love open with full dedication to You and to each of our sisters and brothers..
The Voice of Pope Francis
The truth is that someone was waiting for me. He has been waiting for me for a long time. I felt something had changed. I was not the same. I had heard just like a voice, a call. This experience in faith is important. We say that we must seek God, go to Him to ask for forgiveness, but when we go, He is waiting for us, He is there first! We, in Spanish, have a word that explains this well: – The Lord always ‘primerea’ us, He is first, He is waiting for us! And this is really a great grace: to find one who is waiting for you. You are a sinner, but He is waiting for you to forgive you. This is the experience that the Prophets of Israel described by saying that the Lord is like the almond blossom, the first flower of Spring (cf. Jer 1: 11-12). Before the other flowers come, He is there: He is waiting.
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