FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Saturday of Easter Time
May 11, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him. And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.” As a result of this, many [of] his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6: 60-69)
How shall I live this Word?
How much sadness appears the face of Jesus in this page of the Gospel! By now the Jews have rejected Him and the disciples cannot understand Him. They say: “This saying is hard, who can accept it?” (6: 60). Jesus, who “knows the human heart” (2:25), looks at them and realizes that they are murmuring against Him and says: “Does this offend you? And if you saw the Son of Man ascending to heaven where he was before ” (6,62). He announces to them that event which will give the fullness of revelation of His mystery, but which can only be received by those who let themselves be guided by the Holy Spirit, because “His words are spirit and life” (6:63). We must let ourselves be “taught by the Father” and not be closed in purely human reasoning: “Human weakness (the flesh) is of no avail” (6: 63). If we do not have the courage to open ourselves with humility to Grace, we easily give in to the choice of not welcoming Jesus’ meaning for our life and our joy.
Risen Lord, grant us Your Spirit!
The Voice of Pope Francis, Angelus, 23 August 2015.
Jesus’ words always put us in crisis, for example before the spirit of the world, at worldliness. (…) Faced with these defections, Jesus does not discount and does not attenuate His words (…) and says to the Twelve: “Do you also want to go away?” (V. 67). At this point Peter makes his confession of faith on behalf of the other Apostles: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life “(v. 68). He does not say “where will we go?”, But “to whom shall we go?” (…) We need Jesus, to be with Him, to nourish ourselves at His table, at His words of eternal life! Believing in Jesus means making Him the center, the meaning of our life. Christ is not an accessory element (…). Binding oneself to Him, in a true relationship of faith and love, does not mean being chained, but profoundly free, always on the move. Each of us can ask: who is Jesus for me? (…) Is He really that person who loves me who gave His life for me and walks with me? (…) Do you try to know Him in his word? (…) Because the more we stay with Him, the more the desire to stay with Him grows.”
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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