Meditation

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (…)

“I will not leave you orphans” (Jn 14:18).
The central purpose of Jesus mission, which culminated in the gift of the Holy Spirit, was to renew our relationship with the Father, a relationship severed by sin, to take us from our state of being orphaned children and to restore us as his sons and daughters.

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.

 “After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb” (Mt 28:1). We can picture them as they went on their way… They walked like people going to a cemetery, with uncertain and weary steps, like those who find it hard to believe that this is how it all ended. We can picture their faces, pale and tearful. And their question: can Love have truly died?

The resurrection is not offered to us as a moment of bliss far from the troubles of the earth, nor as an individual and expensively acquired reward, nor as a mirage released in the future of a cosmic explosion.  It is a gift, yes, but for right now and for here below.  

Eternal Father,
through the Passion of your beloved Son,
you wished to reveal to us your heart
and bestow upon us your mercy.

In Pope Francis’ message for Lent this year, there are two aspects that seem particularly important to for us today. The first is to see the other person as a gift and the second is that in order to properly experience the present, we must look at it with a view to eternity.

The call to convert is present in Jesus’ first exhortations, “Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:15) But it resounds even more strongly during the Lenten period.

God loved the world so much that he gave us Jesus. (Jn 3:16) Today he loves the world so much that he gives you and he gives me to be his love, his compassion, and that presence, that life of prayer, of sacrifice, of surrender to God…

Concerning “victory” understood in triumphalistic terms, Christ suggests to us a very different road that does not pass through dominance and power. Indeed, he says: “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mk 9:35).

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