FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 6, 2021
WORD of the DAY
Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he had told her. (John 20: 11-18)
How shall I live this Word?
To help Mary come out of her pain, the angels ask her: “Why are you crying?”. Jesus, with the same intention, repeats the same question and adds: “Who are you looking for?” It is a question that runs through the entire Gospel of John. We find it for the first time when Jesus asks His first disciples: “Who are you looking for?” (Cf. Jn 1:38). It is a provocative question that should keep awake in the hearts and minds of those who call themselves Christians the commitment to seek Jesus, not to take His presence for granted, not to consider that the commitment to know Him, to understand Him, and to accept Him is exhausted. “Who are you looking for?” Is a question that should help us understand if we prefer to live with one ‘dead’, that is, one who can no longer change, or with a ‘one alive’, that is, with someone who we must learn to know every day without getting tired!
Lord, help us to avoid the temptation of confusing your real presence among us with the abstract idea we have made of You. Above all, make sure that we can grow every day in Your personal knowledge, through profound listening to the Word, sharing the broken Bread, your recognition in everyone’s face.
The Voice of Pope Francis, Christus Vivit
“He lives! It must be remembered often, because we run the risk of taking Jesus Christ only as a good example of the past, as a memory, as someone who saved us two thousand years ago. This would be of no use to us, it would leave us the same as before, it would not free us. He who fills us with His grace, He who frees us, He who transforms us, He who heals and comforts us is someone who lives. He is the risen Christ, full of supernatural vitality, clothed with infinite light. This is why Saint Paul affirmed: “If Christ is not risen, your faith is in vain”(1 Cor 15:17).”
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