In the footsteps of the beloved disciple

In the footsteps of the beloved disciple

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.” The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon (Jn. 1:35-39). One thing that has always perplexed me about the Gospel of John is how he refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (Jn. 13:23, 19:26, 21:7, 21:20). He does this at least four times! Why insist so much? Were not the other disciples...

The God Who Surprises Us

The God Who Surprises Us

“20 days ago I heard the call to follow God in the Focolari. I chose Him and to Him I want to give my whole self. I have no other plans in life than to do His Will. I would like to enter into the Focolari not for the joy or the beautiful atmosphere. I want to enter into the Focolari for Jesus Abandoned (on the Cross). The least I can do is to give my life in exchange for a little bit of His Immense Love.” My good friend Rino Zucchero wrote me these words when he had decided to consecrate his life to the Focolari movement. They echo the words of Psalm 116: “What will I give to the Lord for all he has given me?” (v. 12). At the beginning of every generous response to God’s call there seems to be an awareness that we are in debt; a debt that we can never repay....