Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Sunday of Ordinary Time 19 January 2020 WORD of the DAY The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ (John 1: 29-30) How shall I live this Word? It is not always easy to recognize the Lord who passes by us as John does: it is He, He is the Lamb of God, He is the Anointed, He is the Chosen One! John recognized Him at first glance because he was waiting for Him with all his heart. He desired His coming; he was sure He would arrive. We perhaps do not have so much desire nor so much faith and we try to recognize Him even if every day we meet Him in the poor who asks for alms on the church door, in the child who wants attention and affection, in the young person who seeks confirmation and direction, in the elderly person who wants to overcome loneliness and sadness...

First Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Saturday of Ordinary Time 18 January 2020 WORD of the DAY Once again he went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them [that], “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Mark 2: 13-17) How shall I live this Word? Having embraced our human nature, Jesus acts in a fully human way. In today’s Gospel, we meet Him in the home of Levi, the rich tax collector. He is at dinner with many invited guests who are not models of...

First Friday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Friday of Ordinary Time 17 January 2020 WORD of the DAY Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”… he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” (Mark 2: 2- 5/ 11-12) How shall I live this Word? The joyful statement of the people witnesses to the fascination that Jesus exercises with a power that is all in function of the people’s good and it is very great. When was it ever seen that in order to approach...

First Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Thursday of Ordinary Time 16 January 2020 WORD of the DAY A leper came to him [and kneeling down] begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean. Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. Then he said to him, “See that you tell no one anything, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter. He spread the report abroad so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly. He remained outside in deserted places, and people kept coming to him from everywhere. (Mark 1: 40-45) How shall I live this Word? Jesus had just sent the leper away for whom He had obtained the complete cure of his terrible disease through the healing power of His Word. It is interesting that Jesus tells the cured man go to...

First Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Wednesday of Ordinary Time 15 January 2020 WORD of the DAY The Lord came and stood there, calling out as before: Samuel, Samuel! Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” …Samuel grew up, and the Lord was with him, not permitting any word of his to go unfulfilled.  (1 Samuel 3: 10/19) How shall I live this Word? Among the prophetic books that are part of the Old Testament, there are also two books of Samuel. The dominant figure is that of Samuel, a young man totally open to the dictates of God, a young man who, according to the usage of the time, was serenely at the service of the great priest Eli. The Word of God highlights the value of an obedience that is born from the pure heart of a young person. He is not servile but rather illumined by obedience to Eli who is God’s representative and thus fulfills the divine plan and, at the same time, he fulfills himself. Every true good comes to Eli and then the blessing also descends on those who are in relationship to him. Lord, I want to focus well on...
Password Reset
Please enter your e-mail address. You will receive a new password via e-mail.