Saints Peter and Paul

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12th Saturday of Ordinary Time SAINTS PETER and PAUL June 29, 2019 WORD of the DAY He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it”. (Matthew 16: 15-18) How shall I live this Word? Jesus changes the name of Simon, son of Jonah, and in the new name – Peter –his mission, which he will be called to carry out, is indicated: to become a stone on which He can build the Church. But not because he is good, intelligent, “neither flesh nor blood has revealed this to you” but because “the Father has revealed Him to you” (Mt 16-17). Even Saul will realize that when Jesus is encountered, life changes completely and he will pass from Saul to...

12th Friday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12th Friday of Ordinary Time June 28, 2019 WORD of the DAY   He told them this parable: What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one  until he finds it?  And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.   (Luke 15: 3-7) How shall I live this Word? Chapter 15 of Luke is the chapter of mercy. A single parable of tenderness and mercy, a teaching that unveils and reveals to us the heart of Jesus. The parable is addressed to ‘them’, Pharisees, scribes, to those who feel ‘just’, in order to convert them from ‘their own justice/ condemnation’, from their self-referential way of reasoning, to the way of reasoning of...

12th Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12th Thursday of Ordinary Time June 27, 2019 WORD of the DAY Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. (Matthew 7: 21) How shall I live this Word? Lord, Lord is the liturgical acclamation of faith and prayer: The Lord is the Kyrios, God Jesus is the Lord, is the center of the Christian faith. Jesus is my God, my Lord. This affirmation of faith, places us in front of the truth of our heart and our words: is Jesus really my Lord? How many lords do I have in my life? Is the Lord the beginning and the end of everything for me? Is Jesus the beginning and the end of my living? And it is not enough to say: Lord, Lord to enter the kingdom of heaven. Faith is not enough. We need love, because it is love that places Him at the beginning and end of our concrete existence. Therefore, neither faith nor correct prayer is enough to enter the kingdom of heaven. We must do the will of the...

12th Wednesday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12th Wednesday of Ordinary Time June 26, 2019 WORD of the DAY Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7: 15) How shall I live this Word? In this context, the false prophets are not those who say wrong things, but those who do not do what they say. The real danger is not that of saying wrong things, after all, the Gospel is clear enough. The problem is doing the Gospel, living it. The false prophet is the one who lives this inconsistency between saying and doing and makes this inconsistency a system of life instead of the place of conversion. Now we all have this inconsistency, it’s part of our life. So? We can say that we are called to be true prophets, that is, to be those who, before calling others to conversion, call themselves and we are all urgently called to this conversion! May Your Spirit Jesus daily give us the courage to live the Word of Your Gospel! The Voice of Pope Francis, Homily at St. Martha, January 7, 2014 If this is in line with the Lord,...

12th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12th Tuesday of Ordinary Time June 25, 2019 WORD of the DAY Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7: 6) How shall I live this Word? This rather harsh saying of Jesus is likely to have taken it from a popular proverb that had ritual “purity” as its theme. In the words of Jesus, among other things, two traditionally “unclean” animals appear, the dog and the pig. But what did Jesus want to emphasize? Certainly He does not care so much about the observance of some rule of “purity” ritual, also because He is often reproached for His liberties in this regard, What, then, is the message He wants to give? Jesus says that the holy and precious doctrine of the Gospel can fall into the hands of people who abuse it, deform it and reject it. But who are they? At first glance we can think of the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, but we must not, however, ignore another profile that is somewhat disconcerting for us Now, the cultural and religious...
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