First Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday January 15, 2019 Week 1 of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY In “subjecting” all things [to him], he left nothing not “subject to him”. (Hebrews 2: 8) How shall I live this Word? The Letter to the Hebrews continues today by highlighting the submission of all creation and of all of history to Christ. The incarnation takes the Son from eternity, abases Him, and immerses Him in the limitations of being a creature according to a movement that allows Him to enter the world and thus into a precise time and place. This movement makes eternity invade creation and thus bring it back to its originality. Submission here is to be understood in its authentic meaning and relationship with its origin. Creation that suffers and groans as it awaits redemption and adoption as children sees in Christ the end of its suffering. Lord, help us to avoid making creation suffer uselessly. It’s redemption is with ours and how we commit ourselves to be the prolongation of salvation in our times so that the Gospel may reach every person, that attention may be paid to the environment, love for the plants and...

Monday 1 of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday January 14, 2019 Week 1 of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days, he spoke to us through the son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe”. (Hebrews 1: 1) How shall I live this Word? We begin the Ordinary Time of the Liturgy again with the Letter to the Hebrews. The first verses remind us of the definitive fulfillment of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. The history of God’s revelation to humanity begins with His chosen people, is interwoven with the unfolding of the promise, and is accomplished in Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh. The promise is incarnated in the long-awaited Messiah who realizes liberation, builds salvation, and gives it to all people. In Him, the promised gift manifests itself as universal, dedicated to all of humanity, and able to arouse the desire for gift, for the response of every person, of every time. Lord, the Good News of Jesus has gone beyond all boundaries and today is meeting witnesses...

Baptism of the Lord Jesus

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday January 13, 2019 FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD  WORD of the DAY  After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,  heaven was opened  and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased”.    (Luke  3: 21-22)   How shall I live this Word? After being baptized by John, Jesus came out of the waters of the Jordan, and pauses in prayer. In the silence that allows Him to reconnect to the Father, the Father Himself intervenes, breaking a silence that lasted over many centuries and making Himself present to the world, to announce that the Messiah has arrived, a new era opens up.  Even the Holy Spirit manifests Himself in this scene, transforming it into a trinitarian revelation. The Spirit here is in the form of a dove, evoking an ancient testament image that narrated the harmony restored after the universal flood. The words addressed from heaven to Jesus are from Psalm 2: 7, “You are my son, today I have...

Saturday, January 12, 2019

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday January 12, 2019 WORD of the DAY After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Ennòn near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said [that] I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens to him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease. (John 3: 22-30) How shall I live this Word? The baptism of...

Friday, January 11, 2019

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday January 11, 2019  WORD of the DAY  Now there was a man full of leprosy  in one of the towns where he was; and when he saw Jesus, he fell prostrate, pleaded with him, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I do will it. Be made clean.” And the leprosy left him immediately.  Then he ordered him not to tell anyone, but “Go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;  that will be proof for them.”   The report about him spread all the more, and great crowds assembled to listen to him and to be cured of their ailments, but he would withdraw to deserted places to pray.    (Luke  5: 12-16)  How shall I live this Word?  The power of the Gospel appears in all its surprising novelty behind the lines of the narration of this episode, if we know how to see in the leper, in this reject of society, the one who has the humility and the courage to approach Jesus in spite of his illness.  His expectations were...
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