FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Monday January 7, 2019
WORD of the DAY
When he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea.
He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people. His fame spread to all of Syria, and they brought to him all who were sick with various diseases and racked with pain, those who were possessed, lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them. (Matthew 4: 12-13/23-24)
How shall I live this Word?
The painful eventuality of separation from one’s own land and exile, shared by so many great men and women of history, did not spare Jesus either. And yet He did not endure it reluctantly, but He freely chose it and lived it: it is an unavoidable need of the Kingdom! Thus, “having taken the witness” from John the Baptist, He no longer has a land that can be called His homeland, He no longer enjoys the comfortable and reassuring presence of stable and habitual acquaintances but now opens His proclamation and His mission towards the open and infinite spaces of the sea. Every landscape, every periphery, every wayfarer now become His and potential interlocutors. Wherever there will be hunger for truth, healing, love, there will also be those who will open their hands and satisfy every living thing because He cares for us. Every barrier will be removed, every hill will be leveled, and every valley will be filled to welcome the Way!
Seeing the availability of Jesus to welcome and heal all, I will remember that there is no situation or infirmity in which He cannot become my neighbor, cannot participate in my pain and show me how much He suffered for me. Just look out the front door to see Him go by, to see myself as He already knows me and how ready He is to let me participate in His feast. My evil, if presented to Him, becomes a small thing, a passing cloud that the wind sweeps away…
The Voice of St. Bernard, Church Father
Do not ask what you suffer, but what He has suffered. Through how He came to you, you can recognize how much you are worth to Him, and you will understand His goodness through His humanity.
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Comment by Fr. Enrico Emili