Seventh Wednesday of Easter

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Seventh Wednesday of Easter  May 16, 2018  WORD of the DAY    Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,  in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood.  I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you, and they will not spare the flock.   (Acts 20: 28-29)   How shall I live this Word? The two texts of today’s liturgy (Acts and Gospel of John) are very beautiful and spectacular. These are two “farewell discourses”, two “testaments”: of Paul and of Jesus. For brevity and to give more space to the theme of the Spirit, which interests us more closely in the preparation for the feast of Pentecost, I limit myself to highlight only the first of them. The context is the same as that already seen in yesterday’s lectio: the farewell to the elderly of Ephesus. Now St. Paul leaves to them as a “spiritual testament” the task of “watching over themselves and the whole flock” and reminds them of the divine role of the Church leaders: they, in their task, originate from...