FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 6, 2018
WORD of the DAY
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another. (John 15: 16-17)
How shall I live this Word?
We are at the height of Easter time and the particular events of the Ascension and Pentecost are approaching. In this climate, we listen again to the discourses of Jesus at the last supper, those transcribed by St. John the Apostle, which gather the summit of the proclamation of the Son of God to us. Words that bespeak a spiritual testament, a prophetic synthesis of what they had lived together and reread at that moment, in light of His imminent arrest, imprisonment, and death. Words that want to give strength for later, that desire to anticipate Jesus’ absence and introduce the presence of the Holy Spirit, who will strengthen and vivify the relationships born in Christ.
Words perhaps listened to distractedly that evening, but that are recomposed in the memory and heart of the apostles in the days following the Resurrection. By reviewing them, they identify certainties to be counted on: we are chosen by God, in Christ; we are sent to bear fruit, a metaphor that expresses the need to be fruitful, generative; we can ask the Father and He will listen. Movements that we all recognize in our lives: a vocation that does not depend only on our choices; a mission that engages us in the vital processes of transformation and growth of the world; dialog with God, a personal and community prayer that translates and expresses desire, hunger, and thirst for our justice and for God Himself.
Lord, grant that reciprocal love may be reflected in our vocation, in our mission, and in our harmony with Your will.
The voice of Pope Francis in Gaudete et exultate
What matters is that each believer discerns their own way and brings out the best of themselves, how much God has placed in them (cf. 1 Cor 12: 7) and do not exhaust themselves trying to imitate something that has not been thought for them. We are all called to be witnesses, but there are many existential forms of witness. In fact, when the great mystic Saint John of the Cross wrote his spiritual Canticle, he preferred to avoid fixed rules for all and explained that his verses were written so that each one would benefit “in their own way”, because divine life communicates itself to some in one way and to others in another.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA