FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 23, 2021
Fifth Tuesday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
“When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me. The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.” Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.” (John 8:28-30)
How shall I live this Word?
This passage from John is a difficult passage, because Jesus speaks of His death, and we do not like this discourse, we want to push it away, it hurts us… death makes us suffer! But Jesus speaks of it clearly and with serenity because, faced with the condemnation and death that must come, He knows that He will never be alone because the Father is always with Him. And even in the most difficult moment, when all His anguish cries out on the cross, immediately afterwards we will witness His trusting and filial abandonment in the One who exists and who will always be there. This is the certainty that accompanies His whole life and that must also accompany ours, supporting us in moments of fear, depression, loneliness. God is always with us, on our side, He fights alongside us and for us, He does not leave us alone. And us? Are we on His side? Do we do the things that please Him?
Lord Jesus help us to believe that You are always with us. You walk beside us, You face the hardships and sufferings with us, You do not leave us alone in the face of dangers. You hold our hand in difficult moments, You never abandon us.
The Voice of an Anonymous Brazilian Poet
And the Lord answered: “My son, I love you and I told you that I would be with you and that I would not have left you alone even for a moment: the days when you only saw a footprint in the sand, were the days I carried you in my arms.
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