Fourth Saturday of Easter

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Saturday of Easter, April 28, 2018 WORD of the DAY  On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.  When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. (Acts 13: 44-45)   How shall I live this Word? Once again, Paul and Barnabas speak to the Christians of Antioch. But while this multitude of believers hangs on the lips of the two missionaries, the Jews, bitten by jealousy, struggle to contradict their claims. The text notes: they did it ‘cursing’. It is a painful clash between the hardened heart of Israel and the docility of the pagans, the refusal of the children and the consent of the foreigners. As often happens in our Christian communities: those we call the ‘distant’, upon meeting Christ “rejoice, glorify the Word of God, and embrace the faith”, zealously assuming the radicality of the Gospel.  We instead, who believe we are the ‘near ones’, close ourselves in our presumption of feeling we are the righteous, just like the Pharisees of the Gospel, ready to contradict and reluctant and to...