FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Seventh Thursday of Easter May 17, 2018
WORD of the DAY
He raised his eyes to heaven and said, I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 17: 20-21)
How shall I live this Word?
Today’s Gospel is a passage from chapter 17 of John, which brings us back to the famous “Priestly Prayer” of Jesus, or better still, His “Spiritual Testament”. Before returning to the Father, Jesus felt the need to open His heart to the Apostles to show them the secrets that lie in the depths of His soul. The first of these touches us closely and makes our heart leap with joy and exultation. Jesus clearly states: “I do not pray only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word”. Therefore, I am sure that He also prayed for me during His earthly life; for you, dear brother and sister, and this must move us in the depths of our soul: to know that Jesus, before He died, thought of me and prayed for me too!
And what is the fundamental purpose of Jesus’ prayer for each of us? It is that of unity with Him and with the Father: “so that all may be one; as you, Father, are in me and I in you, may they also be in us … so that they may be perfect in unity”. Jesus wants to introduce us into the infinite stream of Love that flows between Him and the Father and the Holy Spirit!
Preparing ourselves for Pentecost, we ask the Spirit to be able to be immersed ourselves, according to the prayer of Jesus, in the infinite stream of love that flows from the Father to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, to each one of us.
“Come, Father, with Your Spirit to transform us inwardly with His gifts; create in us a new heart, so that we may please You and cooperate with Your plan of salvation “. (From the prayer-collection of the day).
The voice of Ignatius of Latakia, contemporary Eastern Bishop
Without the Holy Spirit: But with the Holy Spirit:
God is far,
the Christ remains in the past, The cosmos is raised & moans
in the birth of the Kingdom
Humans fight against the flesh,
the Gospel is a dead letter, Christ is present,
the Church a simple organization, the Gospel is the power of life,
authority a domination, the Church a sign of Trinitarian communion
the mission is propaganda, the liberating service of authority,
worship an evocation, the mission a Pentecost,
Christian action is a slave morality. The memorial liturgy is anticipation,
Human action is defied.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Ferdinando Bergamelli, SDB