Seventh Thursday of Easter

 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,...

Sixth Sunday of Easter

  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...