FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Sixth Thursday of Ordinary Time
February 20, 2020
WORD of the DAY
Now Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others one of the prophets.” And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Messiah.” Then he warned them not to tell anyone about him. (Mark 8: 27-30)
How shall I live this Word?
Following Jesus is a continuous discovery. He speaks to us openly, but this speaking is both dark and mysterious. Almost elusive. It speaks of a secret, of something that must be revealed little by little, of a face that must be transformed by exhibiting the marked features of suffering, to express humanity’s mimicry of love even better. Where intelligence, clairvoyance, and typically human common sense could not help us in any way, we let the Master take us by the hand, guide us on the unexplored paths, where the mystery of all pain and suffering is involved. We are naturally reluctant to admit defeat, abandonment, darkness. Jesus teaches us that suffering and joy both arise from the same mysterious yearning that is the search for the true God. We cannot be satisfied with what we have now. Beyond appearances, hearsay, superficial sentences … who is God really for me?
I want to listen more carefully to what relationship is Jesus with my sufferings. I am sure that His word encourages me not to stop today. Instead, it shows me what lies before me, what I’ve always been waiting for, and that perhaps no one has ever had the courage to tell me.
The voice of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Author
What you inherit from your ancestors, regain it, to possess it.”
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