Sab, 16 Gen 21 Lectio Divina - Anno B
Reading 1, First Samuel 3:3-10, 19
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Reading 2, First Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
Gospel, John 1:35-42
Today we are presented by the liturgy with the call of the disciples, who at that time were disciples of John. Basically, it is precisely the passing of the baton from John the Baptist to Jesus through two of his disciples.
Even in our life there are these turning points in which we are asked to personally decide the path, not to let ourselves be carried away simply by instincts, by the will to emerge, by the desire to possess, by wanting to appear, but by the Spirit of the Lord, that is, by strength of the life that leads us to our identity.
Each call intertwines with other calls. The call of life is never individual, it is always a mission that involves others. The call always comes to us through people, situations, experiences we have, but it has a greater Word at its root. It is the intertwining between creatures and creator, between the Word of life and the word of the living we meet.
1 SAMUEL 3: 3-10.19
The first reading is taken from the first book of Samuel. The protagonist is trust in God. Samuel is Anna's son, who being sterile she is broken. The extraordinary intervention of God allows Anna to have Samuel, who is considered a free gift from God, which overturns situations of injustice. In a time when God seems absent, Samuel will become the point of union between God and his people.
What is very important after having an experience of contact with the Lord is to know that he is always with us. The Lord is a serious person who never leaves us, therefore it is very beautiful, useful and of great joy and fruitfulness, to share with him every moment of our life. There's nothing he doesn't care about us! If we breathe, if we are alive, it is the vital breath that keeps us alive, let's live it, experience this powerful breath, it's there and we don't know it! Even at the moment of our death he is there to help us give birth to trust in him and to detach us from our body, with which we have shared this part of life. The secret of today's word is trust.
Reading 2, First Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
St Paul's 1st letter to the Corinthians is addressed to the Christians of Corinth, where there is a Christian community founded by him. In this letter Paul reacts against the freedom of morals admitted in Corinth invites Christians to consider sexuality not as a need to be met without regard; but, since it expresses the whole being, it is to be considered as an interpersonal relationship shared by mutual love. There is another consideration: the body was sanctified by the death and resurrection of Christ. Therefore, both the body and our sexuality belong to him, to the perfect man that we are in him. The Eucharist which makes us temple of the Holy Spirit confers on our body the meaning of God's instrument, created by him for the growth and edification of the Church in love.
Gospel, John 1:35-42
John's penetrating gaze and prophetic announcement provoke a sudden tension on the scene: "the two disciples, hearing him speak like this, followed Jesus", they too do not remain tied and firm to the first teacher. The attention shifts from John to Jesus, who surely realizes that he is being followed, in fact the text says: "He turned around", even if unknown, shows availability and desire to weave a dialogue. Yes, because Jesus walks, but not by chance or absorbed in his thoughts, as we often do. His reaction suggests that he is in control of what is happening around him, otherwise he would not have felt the need to stop and turn around.
The two disciples of the Baptist are in search and the turning of Jesus is a response to their restlessness. Jesus "looks" at the two, here to grasp this penetrating "gaze", which wants to reach in depth, is very important. "What are you looking for?" We hear the question addressed to us: what are you looking for? What do you expect from me? Why are you looking for me? It is not easy to be true, to know what we are actually looking for, we often deceive ourselves! Or we are looking for someone to solve our problems in our own way! The two answer with another question: "Rabbi, where do you live?" They offer themselves; they give their being in the hands of the Master. “Come and see”, the invitation is to touch reality firsthand. It is not just a curiosity; it is perceiving the secret of life. The disciples "went therefore" it is necessary to have the courage to face the new environment.
"That day they stayed with him" they remained in the movement of love that the Son Jesus has for the Father. In this bond of Love which is called Spirit, they must have felt very well because John remembered the time when it happened: It was four in the afternoon…!
It seems that St. John the Evangelist had a watch on his wrist ... The precise moment when he met Jesus in his life just remained imprinted on him! It is the X hour of the personal appointment with Christ God: "It was four in the afternoon!". The Baptist had indicated it to him and to Andrew: Here it is, it is He! ... "Behold the Lamb of God!". This meeting of Jesus is really a meeting of fire ... of the fire of the Holy Spirit because it gives a unique, superhuman charge: Andrea cannot stay still, to stay inactive, but he must give it to everyone the Beautiful News he has just discovered... and he runs, runs to his brother Simon and gives him the Beautiful News: "We have found the Messiah!", and led him to Jesus. love and says to him: "You are Simon, the son of John. You will be called Cephas", which means stone, stone on which he will found his Church and which has already begun there, on the shores of the sea and in the meek and humble Heart of Jesus.
John's penetrating gaze and prophetic announcement provoke a sudden tension on the scene: "the two disciples, hearing him speak in this way, followed Jesus", they too do not remain tied and firm to the first teacher. The attention shifts from John to Jesus, who surely realizes that he is being followed, in fact the text says: "He turned around", even if unknown, shows availability and desire to weave a dialogue. Yes, because Jesus walks, but not by chance or absorbed in his thoughts, as we often do. His reaction suggests that he is in control of what is happening around him, otherwise he would not have felt the need to stop and look back. Jesus is not distracted or absent, but he is attentive to what is happening around him.
With this simple question: what are you looking for? Jesus makes it clear that our most human identity is to be creatures of research and desire. Because everyone is missing something: in fact, research comes from an absence, from a void that asks to be filled. What am I missing? What do I feel poor of?
Jesus does not first ask for renunciations or penances, he does not impose sacrifices on the altar of duty or effort, he asks first of all to return to your heart, to understand it, to know what you want more, what makes you happy, what happens inside you. To listen to the heart. And then to embrace him, "to bring the lips to the source of the heart and drink" (Saint Bernard). The ancient fathers defined this movement: the return to the heart: «find the key to the heart. This key, you will see, also opens the door to the Kingdom "(St. John Chrysostom).
What are you looking for? Who do you walk for? I know: I walk for someone who makes the heart happy.