Monthly Archives: July 2015
Now on the first day of the week, very early, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the place and saw that the stone had been taken away from it. Then she went running to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple who was loved by Jesus, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the place of the dead and we have no knowledge where they have put him.
But Mary was still there outside the hole in the rock, weeping; and while she was weeping and looking into the hole, She saw two angels in white seated where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? She said to them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I have no knowledge where they have put him. And then looking round, she saw Jesus there, but had no idea that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, Woman, why are you weeping? who are you looking for? She, taking him for the gardener, said to him, Sir, if you have taken him away from here, say where you have put him and I will take him away. Jesus said to her, Mary! Turning, she said to him in Hebrew, Rabboni! (which is to say, Master). Jesus said to her, Do not put your hand on me, for I have not gone up to the Father: but go to my brothers and say to them, I go up to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. Mary Magdalene went with the news to the disciples, and said she had seen the Lord and that he had said these things to her.
The joy is slowly taking hold of the characters of this gospel to discover that Jesus had risen. They had not understood what Jesus said about his own resurrection. Mary Magdalene, Peter and John, each in its own way, inicam the process of faith. Jesus appears to them and goes away then to get used to the idea that he lives, but in a different way than when he was with them day and night. Risen Jesus is present in his Church, in each of us and in our midst. The perception of this truth is so extraordinary, however, not immediate. We walk in faith slowly, in stages. We arrived to doubt that it exists, when difficulties accumulate in our lives. But He did not give up on us and accompanies us at all times.
“At that time Jesus made answer and said, I give praise to you, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have kept these things secret from the wise and the men of learning, and have made them clear to little children. Yes, Father, for so it was pleasing in your eyes. All things have been given to me by my Father; and no one has knowledge of the Son, but the Father; and no one has knowledge of the Father, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will make it clear.”
Conditions for a contemplative faith
Jesus tells us, this spontaneous prayer to the Father, one of the characteristics of faith and Christian contemplation.
Contemplative faith, a living faith that captivates the sense of God, human life, and the reality – is a son of this. It mysteriously free and is above all human merit. But at the same time it requires of man certain conditions that will open the way to God, or to prevent their faith take root: the simple attitudes of independence, purity of heart, admitting that God can intervene in the life and history.
“And he got together his twelve disciples and gave them the power of driving out unclean spirits, and of making well all sorts of disease and pain. Now the names of the twelve are these: The first, Simon, who is named Peter, and Andrew, his brother; James, the son of Zebedee, and John, his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax-farmer; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who was false to him. These twelve Jesus sent out and gave them orders, saying, Do not go among the Gentiles, or into any town of Samaria, But go to the wandering sheep of the house of Israel, And, on your way, say, The kingdom of heaven is near.”
Evangelization for all “lost sheep”
Evangelization is a global task for the total liberation of man. For this reason, the twelve apostles are given the power to expel demons and to cure diseases.
Evangelization, above all, is directed to “the lost sheep.” Obviously, each evangelizing community must be restricted to specific tasks. There must be priorities, as Jesus indicated to the twelve apostles. But human limitations of the mission always need to secure their first commandment: the search of the insane, of the sheep who have strayed.