FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 18, 2021
Fourth Thursday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to the Jews: “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true. But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form, and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life. (John 5:31-40)
How shall I live this Word?
The Gospel passage from John that today’s liturgy offers us is the continuation of Jesus’ discourse on the work of the Son. Rereading the text we notice how the word testimony/to testimony is the one repeated several times. The passage speaks to us of the object of the testimony, the human need to be or not to be a beloved child. Jesus gives us witness that there is an absolute love for us that we constantly seek, which is the love of the Father. We are all called to give testimony, every man and woman; we are called to bear witness to this love which constitutes us as creatures, as children. Only if I recognize myself as a daughter/son do I allow the light to pass through me, so that it can reach my brothers and sisters. And the most powerful tool I have to witness to the story of God’s great love for me, for every person, is precisely His love for us. Love like Him: there is nothing else that can burn in our lamps, nothing else that can faithfully tell the greatness of the Lord. In love, my every action becomes an act of witness, my every word can speak His Word.
Lord Jesus, teach me to love the way You love me. Teach me to love the truth that is above any self-interest.
The Voice of Pope Francis at the Angelus on December 7, 2014
Today there is a need for people who are witnesses to the mercy and tenderness of the Lord, who shake the resigned, revive the disheartened, light the fire of hope. He lights the fire of hope! Not us. Many situations require our consoling witness. Be joyful, consoled people.
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