FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
MAY 16, 2021 EASTER SUNDAY 7
ASCENSION OF THE LORD
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to his disciples: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”
They went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs. (Mark 16: 15/20)
How shall I live this Word?
The most beautiful gift that the Lord gave us when He ascended to Heaven was to call us to be His collaborators and companions in proclaiming the Gospel to every creature, together with Him, in Him. It is a gift that tells us that Jesus trusts us as we are, fragile and sinful, limited and often incredulous, small and incomplete. God trusts us and puts His History, His Life, His Word, His Gospel into our hands, all that He has most precious. God trusts us and entrusts all people to us, His sisters and brothers, so that we may accompany them to discover and travel the path that leads to happiness. God trusts us, but He also gives us a great responsibility. If the proclamation passes through words, it needs to be confirmed by the testimony of life, by consequent and truthful actions, by legible and replicable choices. Proclamation calls us to an effective witness of a fully evangelical life, a life that not only speaks but acts.
Lord Jesus, we thank you because by going up to heaven to leave your mission of Salvation in our hands. Help us to be faithful to Your Gospel with words that speak to the hearts of our sisters and brothers, and actions that speak to them of love.
The Voice of Ermes Ronchi
The Lord’s last words allow us to cast a glance into the heart of Jesus, into His greatest passion: to give life to every creature, in every corner of the earth. And to do so, He chooses imperfect creatures, with fragile faith. Like us, like me … Because He believes in them, He believes in humans. He trusts me more than I trust myself. He knows that we will be able to contagion with the Spirit, those entrusted to us.
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