FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
MAY 5, 2021
EASTER WEDNESDAY 5
WORD of the DAY
Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. (John 15: 4)
How shall I live this Word?
In a few verses of the Gospel, the circle of love that gathers heaven and earth in unity is summarized: “as the Father has loved me, I too have loved you.” “Remain in my love.” Here is the whole foundation of the disciple’s stability. A remaining that is the maximum dynamism, is entering into the motion ‘that moves the sky and the other stars’. A ‘being’ made up of simple, intense daily life, which holds the world and the times together. Every time this Gospel is proclaimed, that ‘how’ has in itself the value of origin and cause, rather than of measure. It is the high source of every bond that gives meaning to Christian perseverance. But the narration of the story of Jesus is also concentrated in that ‘how’, from the announcement of His conception to His cry of abandonment on the cross, His bond with us. The Father loved the Son so much. This is how the Son loves us. A dance that has in itself the taste of death and of resurrection. Of suffering and the kenosis from which the new creature bursts into the world. How long does it take to learn the secret of that “remaining”?
Lord Jesus, give what You ask: so that by remaining in You with all that we are and that we wish, we are purified by Your Word and we bear much fruit!
The Voice of Ernesto Balducci, Theologian
The parable of the vine explains supernatural life. We are creatures, but already now we are grafted onto Christ, so that our future life is none other than our present life. However, this grafting retains a dramatic character because we always have the possibility of detaching ourselves from the vine and drying up. The word of Jesus that has entered us purifies us. The word of God is mysterious and purifies us from within. To be ever closer to the trunk, it is necessary to meditate on the word of God. The Word that is already in us makes it easy for us to receive what comes from the trunk; it opens the pores, the vessels in which the lymph circulates. Let us remember this function of the Word, much greater than we think. It is a divine power that in itself transforms and makes us ever more deeply capable of assimilating the life that rises from the trunk. “Remain in me and I will remain in you.”
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