FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 5, 2021
Friday – Week Four
WORD of the DAY
King Herod heard about him, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.” Others were saying, “He is Elijah”; still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.” But when Herod learned of it, he said, “It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.” (Mark 6: 14-16)
How shall I live this Word?
At the beginning of this Gospel which will end with the description of the death of John the Baptist, we find the first attempt to answer the constant question of the Gospel of Mark: “Who is Jesus?” Who is Jesus for Herod? Herod, when asked about who Jesus is for him, responds seeing the revived Baptist, ‘sees’ a reality that disturbs him and leads him to think about what he no longer wanted to think. We know well that “the roots of the eye lie in the heart”, as Romano Guardini reminds us. We often see, conditioned by the unsolved things we carry inside. Herod sees John and cannot see anything different. Here the recognition of Jesus fails. He is identified with figures from the past, dead, not as the Living, the Present. We begin to feel the same question vibrate within us too: “Who is Jesus for me?”
Lord, increase our faith!
The Voice of Pope Francis Meditation 25 October 2018
If someone asks us “who is Jesus Christ”, we will surely say what we have learned in catechesis, how He came to save the world, we will tell the true doctrine about Jesus: He is the savior of the world, the Son of the Father, God, man, what we recite in the Creed. But, it will be a little more difficult to answer the question: “This is true, but for you, who is Jesus Christ?” This is a “question” that makes us a little embarrassed, because I have to think and get to my heart to give the answer.” So, for me, who is Jesus Christ? The knowledge of Jesus Christ, which I have, what is it? When I say that for me Jesus Christ is the Savior, it is so, but each of us must also respond from the heart, what we know and feel about Jesus Christ, because we all know that He is the Savior of the world, that He is the Son of God, who came to earth to save us. […] However, the direct question remains: but “for me” who is Jesus Christ? […]. It is important to say this with one’s own experience.
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