FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Wednesday of Easter, April 18, 2018
WORD of the DAY
And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it [on] the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him [on] the last day. (John 6: 39-40)
How shall I live this Word?
We could say that Pope Francis wants to incarnate this Gospel in his life. In fact, his ‘no’ to the culture of waste, to which he continually returns, clearly refers to the words of the Teacher. The will of the Father is to communicate His life to His children. For this reason, Jesus came down from Heaven and fulfills the Father’s work so that nothing may be lost of what He loves. We too are involved in the paternal will that promises the resurrection as a recompense. United to God, we are in communion with the very principle of life.
In my prayer today, I will ask the Lord to help me to never ‘throw away’ anything or anyone that He loves and to live the dimension of ‘no one excluded’.
The voice of Fr. Ermes Ronchi
God saves, this is His name. To save means to preserve. It is His precise will that nothing should go lost, not an affection, not a glass of fresh water, not even the tiniest blade of grass.
A prayer for the dead, perhaps the most beautiful one, invokes: ‘Admit them to enjoy the Light of Your face’. Eternity blossoms in verbs of joy. God is not the answer to our need for explanations, but to our need for happiness. He is this for my senses, my spirit, my affections and heart, for the totality of my person.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Graziella Curti, FMA