FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
MARCH 26, 2023 Fifth Sunday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
Thus says the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the LORD. I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD. (Ez 37: 12-14)
“How shall I live this Word?
How many times in life do we experience a difficult situation with no way out; we are left without initiatives and we fall into deep sadness, we feel dead. These situations become our sepulchers, our tombs. The Lord, through the Prophet Ezekiel, shows us the certainty that the Lord, by giving us His Spirit, will make us live again. He doesn’t take us out of the situation, but He gives us the strength to face it alive, full of His spirit. But do we let Him? Unfortunately, sometimes we remain adherent to our sufferings, thinking and trying to overcome them only with our own strength, with our reasoning which is according to the mentality of this world (Cf Rm 12;2). If we let Him act, He will give us the strength to live again and we will face life’s sufferings with profound peace. In fact, these consoling words that the prophet highlights today, “I will make you rest in your land” provoke us to ask ourselves a question: what can I do to make this happen? By entering into silence and listening to His Word in moments of prayer, whatever form it may be. But to receive His life-giving spirit, which allows us to abandon the various reasonings imbued with the logic of the world, we need constant prayer that leads us to silent listening to let us be guided by the Holy Spirit.
Lord, I thank you for all those times that having lived in suffering, deep down I found Your peace.
The Voice of Pope Francis Angelus Sunday 16 October 2022
We cannot live prayer only in strong moments or intense encounters every once in a while, and then enter into lethargy.
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