Friday 19 February 2016

Wednesday of 4th Week of Easter, 4e mercredi de Pâques

“Jesus cried out : Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in the one who sent me.”

Ac.12,24-13,5 Ps.66 Jn.12,44-50

Wednesday of 4th Week of Easter,20th April 2016

“Jesus cried out : ’Whoever sees me sees the One who sent me.’ I have come into the world as a light, to prevent anyone who believes in me from staying in the dark anymore.”

The Gospel gives us the Light of God in all its Truth. Jesus is waiting for His Word to be written in our hearts and so for it to be once more Incarnate. This Word is full of Life and gives Life, and does not change. When the time will come, it is before this Word that we shall appear. Every conscience will be confronted with what it his or has not done in conformity with Jesus’ commandments. Nothing prevents us from examining our conscience. This is where we allow God’s Tenderness to come and this speaks about the fidelity of our life to Christ’s Word. Our God is a God who is rich in Mercy. He has pleasure in opening up his arms to us and in forgiving us all our faults.

God’s Word is fecund, it acts in the Church that is in prayer, it lights up the community : ’Undo Barnabus and Saul for me in view of the work I called them, it is said to those who pray!’

In the communion of brothers, God’s message is revealed in peace, this is how God’s work comes about. ’Whoever places his faith in me,’ said Jesus’ it isn’t in me he has placed his faith but in the One who sent me ; and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me.’ Our fidelity to the community, towards God, is going to depend upon our fidelity to Jesus.

“If anyone hears my Word and does not keep them faithfully, it is not I who shall judge such a person, since I have come not to judge the world but to save the world : anyone who rejects me and refuses my words has his judge already : the word itself I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.”

The mystery of God’s Word is his fecundity, it bears fruit. The Word of God was fecund and multiplied. The Word of God works in our hearts so that we may make of the community a place that is faithful to the Holy Spirit. This mystery was revealed at the Annunciation to Mary in a unique manner.The Word of God ’took body ’in the womb of Our Blessed Lady! The woman gave

her flesh so that the Word become flesh could be given to us. His Word of God continues its work in us, each one of us becomes a ’Word of God’.

At our baptism, we received the Word of God accompanied with a bath of water ; we welcomed the gift of God and had the experience of a great Love. Let us pray for those who lead the Church, said the Apostle, they are messengers of the Word, in listening to them, we listen to God. Jesus said : ’Whoever sees me sees the One who sent me…I, the Light, have come into the world so that whoever believes in me will not remain in darkness.’

“For I have not spoken of my own accord ; but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and what to speak, and I now his commands mean eternal Life. And therefore what the Father has told me is what I speak.”

Whoever rejects me and does not welcome my words has a judge : the Word that I had to be heard. My Word is the Word of my Father, my works are the works of the Father, said Jesus. The Word of God is Love, it makes our life the ’Body of Christ’ on earth. What is important is the way our heart adheres to God’s plan of Love, the way in which our heart says ’yes’ to God’s work.

The Saints go before us in the Kingdom for they delivered themselves up totally to the Holy Spirit without any division nor any calculations to bring about God’s work. All that is needed is to humbly confess and to follow them as we go on our way, in a manner which is more conform to the Gospel. Each time we fall, we shall be able to get up again thanks to the the grace of Christ who was immolated for us, and not by our own means. In this way, the work of the Invisible Living God is brought about, and Jesus brings about his work in our midst! 4e mercredi de Pâques We ask for the grace to be faithful to Jesus so that the work of God is brought about in all things.