FOURTH SATURDAY OF EASTER
MOTIVATION
When we have the experience of meeting a great person, a good person, it seems that our life is remade; that even we ourselves improve, and our inner insecurities forget their space of doubt. And so, life smiles again with confidence.
Know.
We get to know many things, we live through a variety of experiences over time; the rucksack of our life is filled and emptied of experiences and people; but as we move forward on the road, what we need most is a good friend: someone with whom we can share the road, the words and the silences.
Today the Lord invites us to know him face to face. In his mystery.
It is as clear as that.
Is it possible to penetrate inside them, to discover their preferences and secrets?
The Gospel invites us to do so. It is also a matter of being willing and wanting it.
From the Gospel of John 14,7-14
At that time, Jesus said to his disciples:
"If you knew me, you would know my Father also. Now you know him and have seen him".
Philip tells him:
"Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us".
Jesus replies:
    "I have been with you so long, and do you not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. How do you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? What I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. The Father, who abides in me, he himself does the works. Believe me: I am in the Father and the Father in me. If not, believe the works.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, he also will do the works that I do, and greater works than these, because I go to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it".
PRAYERFUL COMMENTARY
The word addressed to us today invites us to an inner knowledge of Jesus; not to a rational or distant knowledge, but to a knowledge of Him through assiduous and daily contact with His Person.
Is this possible, and is it not rather daring?
Know.
In the bible, the verb "to know" always refers to a personal experience; hence Christ says to the Samaritan woman: "...the Samaritan woman is the one who knows...".If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that asks you to drink, no doubt you would ask me yourself. And I would give you living water"(Jn 4,10). Knowing Christ does not leave us indifferent, it introduces us to unsuspected dimensions, to a mutual exchange of desires and love. But we must dare to do so.
 
The penalty could be to spend time and time with Christ and not know about his feelings, his preferences, his dreams and projects. This is what Jesus reproaches Philip for: "Have I been with you for so long, and you don't know me?"
In the adventure of Christ, there is always time to begin, to begin again; to enter into the deep dimensions of being and to marvel at His presence.
 
Perhaps it is an itinerary that begins with a simple gesture: a deep look at His face, a word spoken in all the truth of my situation.
It is a simple - but courageous - path to know Christ.
Do I dare?
Today could be that day.

PRAYER
Lord Jesus:
I am surprised by your bold invitation
to get to know you from the inside.
Are you not the one exalted in glory,
the only begotten Son of the Father,
the eternal one?
 
But still, You insist:
Know me Know the Father!
No in-depth knowledge can be given
between two people if it is not mutual;
if both do not risk lowering defences
and to share one's inner self.
 
That is why today I dare to ask you:
You who know me and know me like no one else,
let me get to know you a little more today for who you are,
more deeply,
more indeed.
And may the deep encounter with you
give me wings to love myself as you love me,
and to serve - just the way I am -
to others.
 
Ana María Díaz, cm


 
 4th SATURDAY OF EASTER
 
MOTIVATION
When we have the experience of knowing a great person, a good person, it seems that our life is renewed; that even we ourselves improve, and our internal insecurities forget their space of doubt. And so, life returns to smile confidently.
To know.
We know many things, we live through varied experiences over time; the rucksack of our life is filled and emptied of experiences and people; but advancing along the way, what we need most is a good friend: someone with whom we can share the route, the words and the silences.
Today the Lord invites us to know him face to face. In his mystery.
So clear.
Is it really possible to penetrate his inner life? To discover his preferences and his secrets?
The gospel invites us positively to do so. It is also about disposing ourselves and wanting it.

From the Gospel of John 14:7-14
If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."
Philip said,
"Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."
Jesus answered: 
"Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

REFLECTION
The word that is addressed to us today invites us to an inner knowledge of Jesus; not to a rational or distant knowledge, but to a knowledge of Him through the assiduous and daily dealings with his Person.
Is that possible? Isn't that rather too daring? 
To know.
In the bible, the verb "to know" always refers to a personal experience; hence, Christ says to the Samaritan: "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. (Jn 4:10). Knowing Christ does not leave us indifferent, it introduces us into unsuspected dimensions, in a mutual exchange of desires and love.
The pity could be staying time and again with Christ and being unaware of his feelings, his preferences, his dreams and projects. Thus Jesus reproached Philip: "Have I been with you so long, and you do not know me?"
In the adventure of Christ, we are always in time to start again; to enter into the deep dimensions our being and admire His presence.
This journey may begin with a simple gesture: a deep look at His face, a word spoken in all the truth of my actual situation.
It is a simple path -but a courageous one-, that of knowing Christ.
Will I dare?
Today may be the day.

PRAYER
Lord Jesus:
I am surprised by your daring invitation
to know you from the inside.
Are you not the one exalted in glory,
the only begotten Son of the Father,
the eternal one?
 
Yet, you insist:
Know me! Know the Father!
A deep knowledge cannot take place
between two people if it is not mutual;
if both do not risk lowering their defences
and sharing their inner selves.
 
That's why, today I dare to ask you:
You, who know me better than anyone else,
make me know you today a little better as you are,
more deeply,
more truly.
And that the deep encounter with you
may give me wings to love myself as you love me,
and to serve -just as I am-
my sisters and brothers.
Ana María Díaz, cm

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