Jesus Christ Alone!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday 26 of Ordinary Time October 4, 2023  ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI WORD of the DAY  Brothers and sisters: May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation. Peace and mercy be to all who follow this rule and to the Israel of God. From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters.  Amen.                      (Galatians 6: 14: 18) How shall I live this Word?      Faced with the death and resurrection of Christ, circumcision loses importance. What matters is being a “new creature”. With Christ there begins a new creative work of God, a new way of being, thinking, and acting. With Christ begins a new life founded on trust and the hope of a Promise of Salvation. The life of our beloved Saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, clearly demonstrates this to us. He became a...

Let us go to the Lord’s house

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday 26 of Ordinary Time October 3, 2023 WORD of the DAY  Thus says the LORD of hosts: There shall yet come peoples, the inhabitants of many cities; and the inhabitants of one city shall approach those of another, and say, “Come! let us go to implore the favor of the LORD”; and, “I too will go to seek the LORD.” Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to implore the favor of the LORD. Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men of every nationality, speaking different tongues, shall take hold, yes, take hold of every Jew by the edge of his garment and say, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”    (Zechariah 8: 20-23) How shall I live this Word?      The chosen people, sorely tried during the exile, are discouraged. With his words at this moment, the prophet Zechariah instils hope and urges the people to go and meet the Lord. It is always he, the prophet, who glimpses all these nations and languages that want to meet the Lord, want...

Angel mine, protect me…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday 26 of Ordinary Time October 2, 2023 HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS WORD of the DAY  Thus says the LORD: “See, I am sending an angel before you, to guard you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared. Be attentive to him and heed his voice. Do not rebel against him, for he will not forgive your sin. My authority resides in him. If you heed his voice and carry out all I tell you, I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes. “My angel will go before you.     (Exodus 23: 23) How shall I live this Word?      Our human reality needs to be safeguarded. Even the people of the Covenant were protected when they crossed the desert; they needed to be protected. God sends His messengers, the Angels, so that the people do not lose their way and can reach the promised land. These mysterious characters, spiritual beings, ministers at the service of the Creator are also with us. God sends them before us to guard us on the journey of life and to be able to reach our promised land...

Jesus alive in me!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday 26 of Ordinary Time October 1, 2023 WORD of the DAY  Brothers and sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness.             (Phil 2: 1-2/5-7) How shall I live this Word?      Comfort and consolation cause in us a sense of physical, psychic, and spiritual relief. The first reading of today’s liturgy begins with these two nouns. The Word of God illuminates our ordinary life, our daily lives, more or less complicated situations, everything we experience during the day. Consequently, it emerges that even our thoughts, feelings, and affections can somehow reflect our closeness to Christ Jesus. Another element that expresses closeness to Christ is Charity, one of the three theological virtues. In this biblical passage,...

Jesus, heal me!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD June 30 2023 Friday 12 of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”           (Matthew 8: 1-4) How shall I live this Word?      The lepers were marginalized by society and confined to solitary and inhospitable places, often in caves. The disease was associated with impurity, the fear of contagion, but one of them is audacious. He comes out because he wants to meet Jesus. He has a prayer to address to Him, “Lord, if You wish, you can make me clean.” If You wish; You can. His faith emerges within a great humility, two fundamental ingredients that always move His heart. In fact, Jesus “touched him saying… I will do it. Be...