FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER TIME
May 17, 2020
WORD of the DAY
Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. (1 Peter: 3: 15-16)
How shall I live this Word?
It is not easy to live and witness to hope, especially in the period we are living. But a hopeless Christian is not credible because to hope is to tell the world that there is always another possibility, that there is still something to do.
And we cannot forget that we believe in the Resurrection of Jesus, we who have seen Him suffer and die and meet Him alive in the Eucharist. We who have seen the signs He has done in the Gospel and in our lives.
We cannot forget this even if the time we are living is sad, painful, suffered. If our God has conquered all this, there is still hope for humanity. There is still a possibility, and this possibility passes through us, human beings, who can give a different turn, a new answer, a different opportunity to this world with the choice of being good, generous, supportive of others.
We bring the hope of God, let’s never forget it!
Lord, give us Your Holy Spirit who teaches us to hope against all hope and to witness this trust to others with gestures that are concrete and legible.
The voice of Enzo Bianchi, Spiritual author
The Christian narrates hope by living the Easter logic. That ‘logic’ that allows the believers to live in fraternity with people they have not chosen; w7hich makes them capable of loving even the enemy, the annoying, the one who is hostile. This leads them to live with joy and serenity even tribulations, trials, and sufferings; it guides them to the gift of life, to martyrdom. If we are to see in the church today the authoritative narratives of Christian hope, it is precisely the situations of martyrdom and persecution that we must look at. There the hope of eternal life, of life in Christ beyond death, finds its mysterious, disturbing, but very concrete and convincing narrative.
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