Thursday 9 January 2020

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday 9 January 2020 WORD of the DAY Then he made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray. (Mark 6: 45-46) How shall I live this Word? For those who do apostolic work and strive to proclaim the Kingdom of God, immersed in many ‘pastoral’ activities and encounters, the drama of converging active commitment with personal and attentive contact with the Lord continues daily. We see from this passage of the Gospel that it is up to Jesus to dismiss the crowd, so it is clear that we must leave the last word to Him, the last impression to be delivered: something beautiful must remain of the moment spent together. At the right time, the apostle must thus withdraw and allow Jesus Himself to greet, to shake hands, to caress, renewing the appointment at the first good occasion. If until then we have been with Jesus, if we have proclaimed the Gospel in His company, now we must withdraw and seek Him again, but...