FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church
June 10, 2019
WORD of the DAY
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. (John 19: 25-30 )
How shall I live this Word?
In His infinite thirst to embrace the whole of humanity, embracing it around the mercy of God, Jesus deeply drinks the bitter cup of everyone’s sin. His agonizing body reduced to the extreme inaugurates the end of the old order of things and re-establishes everything according to a new law, where the bond of blood is no longer sanctioned by a bond of nature, but by the outpouring of grace coming directly from God. In God everyone becomes a son, a daughter, a brother, a sister, a mother by virtue of the will of the Lord and that specific word of His, which places beside me those called to walk in the Church with me. I look around and I am no longer alone. I have a family in which I have God as a Father and I can listen, welcome, guard, live, and transmit His Word. I am reborn from that outpouring of blood and water, and by virtue of Christ’s passion and death, I no longer live for myself, but for the One who gave His life for me.
Being adults in the faith, as well as in the context of civil society, means assuming one’s own responsibilities and safeguarding what has been entrusted to me. Today I will never say, to those close to me with their problems that “it does not concern me!” Or “it is not my business!”, because those who come to me with their requests speak to me of a God who continues to thirst for my conversion.
The Voice of Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher
“When the voracious power of death clung to the flesh of Christ it was like biting granite, because in Him there was nothing chewable for death, there was no sin.
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