9 May 2022

WORD of the DAY 

Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
(John 10: 1-10)

How shall I live this Word?  

Don’t complain if your heart is clamoring for someone it still can’t grasp. Don’t complain if relationships don’t fully satisfy you. It is the demonstration that there is still an empty space between us and happiness. It is an opportunity to distance yourself a bit. Go out, go to encounter love; hardly anyone can deny the need. At certain moments the expectation of this ‘something’ or ‘someone’ becomes pressing, spasmodic. The one we seek, often without realizing it, is the one who seeks us first. The Lord is the face we seek, the beloved to whom our heart tends, the often-indistinct goal towards which we strive, and which we often pass by hurriedly. We think He is far away, but He has always known us, looks for us, and calls us. We have always been told that He is everywhere … but how many times do we remember that He is right next to us? That He is next to me right now? Whenever we forget this, we take the wrong path, sneak through the window, and ignore the door.

I want to give my prayer the contours of a plea. I call the Lord by name, I invoke Him, I dwell on His person, I list His attributes, I imagine His features, knowing that this will be enough for me today.

The Voice of St. Margaret of Cortona

I am His daughter, He said so. O infinite sweetness of my God! O word so long desired! So insistently asked! Word whose sweetness surpasses all sweetness! Ocean of joy! My daughter! My God said it! My daughter!


 E-mail: Website: Blog:   Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili

Submit a Comment

Please Login to post a comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.