FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Third Wednesday of Easter Time
May 8, 2019
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. But I told you that although you have seen [me], you do not believe. Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me, because I came down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. 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: 35-40)
How shall I live this Word?
The bread that sates forever is Jesus in the totality of His person. He alone is the nourishment that can sustain and satisfy and give life in its fullness. He really is a source of life for me. It is therefore not possible to have life without Jesus. Indeed, the Father sent Him so that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life. It is wonderful: you and I are a ‘gift’ for Jesus from the Father. The community that is with Jesus knows that some are ‘gifts of God’ for others. This is the work of the Father who, through faith, made the disciples capable of belonging to the Son. But now let us listen to Him: He says of each one: I will not chase you away. I will make sure that you are not lost, I will raise you up on the last day, and you will be with me forever. And He will do all this because His food is “to do the will of the Father”. These are words that instill confidence, security, and gratitude in our hearts”.
Risen Lord, teach us to do the Father’s will!
The Voice of Pope Francis, Morning Meditation 1-27-15
Doing the Will of the Father is the food of Jesus, and it is also the path of the Christian. He has shown us the way, but it is not easy to do the will of God, because every day there are so many options: do this because it’s good, it is not bad. Instead we should immediately ask ourselves: “Is it God’s will? How can I fulfill God’s will? Here is a practical suggestion. First of all, ask for grace, pray and ask for the grace of wanting to do God’s will. Because this is a grace. Then we must also ask ourselves: “I pray that the Lord will give me the desire to do His will?” Or do I seek compromises, because I am afraid of God’s will? ” Furthermore, we must pray to know the will of God for me and my life, for the decision I have to make now, on how to manage things. So, summarizing: Prayer for wanting to do God’s will and prayer to know the will of God. And when I know the will of God also a third prayer: to achieve it. To accomplish that will, which is not mine, but His.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA