FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
May 31, 2020
WORD of the DAY
[Jesus] said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” (John 20, 21-23)
How shall I live this Word?
We are in the upper room. Jesus communicates His mandate to a handful of men still stunned by the events of the Master’s Passion, death, and Resurrection. In the ‘upstairs’ room He speaks demanding words: He said to them again: “Peace be with you! As the Father sent me, I also send you.”
He renews the gift of peace, as if to say that with His resurrection He started a new time, marked by joy, but also characterized by a new task entrusted to the disciples. It is the first time in John’s gospel that Jesus explicitly sends His most faithful ones. A mandate that concerns all the disciples, those present in Jerusalem and future ones, of all eras and geographical areas.
The mandate is followed by the gift of the Holy Spirit. After promising the Comforter, “Jesus breathed on them.” Gesture that reproduces the primordial gesture of creation with the evident purpose of suggesting that it is a new life. Glorified Jesus communicates the Spirit who makes humanity be reborn, allowing them to share communion with God. He has faith in us, the risen one. By entrusting us with words, His words, the Word, and what little He has managed to build in His three years of public life. To us who, on the other hand, would like to flee, ask for help, let Him do it. The positions are reversed instead. God does not solve, He entrusts. He doesn’t intervene, He asks. ” Thanks to the victory of Christ, divine salvation has prevailed over darkness and reaches every person, through the ministry of the disciples.
Today I will pray to You, Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, to enlighten me, guide me, make me know Your will, and grant that I may always follow it.
The voice of Paul Curtaz, Author and Theologian
He goes away, the risen one, returns to the Father. Making an unprecedented gesture of faith. Trusting and prophetic, grandiose and fruitful. A gesture of faith in humanity, in us, in me. He entrusts to a small group of disciples, fragile men and women, the task of continuing the proclamation, of building the Kingdom, until He comes.
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