FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
THIRD SATURDAY OF EASTER
7 May 2022
Many of the disciples of Jesus who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.”
Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me
unless it is granted him by my Father.” As a result of this, many of his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer walked with him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6: 60-69)
How shall I live this Word?
The question, disturbing and sharp as a blade, is addressed to each of us: “Do you also want to leave?” We are extraordinarily and dramatically free to believe or to flee. To open up or close. God’s love leaves us free; He comes to ask us, fragile and inconstant creatures, to adhere freely to His love. Peter answers on behalf of all. To him who has now let the Word delve into him and change him; Peter who is so similar to us. He, a man of toil and sleepless nights, casting his nets in the pregnant lake. He so similar to us, so impetuous, fragile, instinctive. He is like us, and is therefore chosen to confirm the faith of the brothers. Peter who will savor the thrill of enthusiasm and sharing with the Teacher and the bitter defeat of denial. Peter full of sin like us, but so ready to let himself be overwhelmed by the gaze of his Lord who goes up to the cross. Peter crying reveals the abyss of tenderness and humanity hidden inside a humble fisherman. He was given to us as a shepherd; we needed someone like us who measured daily fatigue, who counted his limitations without being ashamed. Peter answers even with many questions about the failure of a brilliant messianic future, a little worried about the now uncertain tomorrow, perplexed by a disconcerting Rabbi.
Lord, let the strength of the question and the freedom of the answer resonate in us when you ask us: “Do you also want to leave?” “Master, to whom shall we go?”
The Voice of Cosmo Gandi, Poet
Love is light; freedom is beyond light!
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