FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FOURTH TUESDAY OF EASTER
10 May 2022
The feast of the Dedication was taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” (John 10: 22-30)
How shall I live this Word?
Even the Jews, like contemporary teachers of philosophy, had their “Stoà”: a place of worship and orthodoxy. The cold of winter underlines the paralyzing grip. The Temple of Jerusalem is a reserve of frost for hardened hearts. The columns of the Portico of Solomon as impassive sentinels, would like to render Jesus harmless, imprison Him, keep Him in check, prevent Him from teaching and guiding the people. In His teaching and in His gestures, however, Jesus remains free, the works He does are viaticum of freedom for others. Those who follow Him leave the prison, shake the prison columns like Samson, find grazing in peaceful and even expanses, safe from any predator. In the sharp contrast between internal and external, between prisoners and free, between good and bad, the blade of the word of Jesus is even sharper. One cannot leave the scene anonymously, one cannot pretend to be on His side, when one has already excluded Him from the heart!
Today let us revive our participation in the Sacraments by cultivating frequent invocations to Jesus in our heart, which can make our love for Him ever more relevant.
The Voice of Thomas Merton, Monk and Author
What we are called to do today, in addition to talking about Christ, is to make Him live in us so that people can find Him and feel Him alive in us.!
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