FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 24, 2021
EASTER SATURDAY 3
WORD of the DAY
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?
Consistency in following Jesus, even when it becomes very demanding and when the flattery of the world, the longing for a comfortable and peaceful life as before strongly attract us, requires something more than good will. It requires the self-denial that Jesus Himself lives. On the other hand, it is required of the disciples as an indispensable disposition to enter the Kingdom of God. For Jesus to truly become “Lord” of our life in everything, this needs to be recognized in the utmost freedom. He always leaves us free to go where we want. Peter, always inspired and reached by the freedom of the Gospel, manages to see in the following of His Teacher not a reassuring fallback or an escape from the worries of the world, but the truly ultimate and definitive meaning of his own life. What Jesus did for him could not be forgotten.
Today, after having meditated on the Word of God, take care to make the most of the fruit of this reflection, embracing a concrete commitment throughout the day.
The Voice of Pope Francis
The spiritual stature of a human life is defined by love.
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