FORGIVENESS BRINGS HEALING.

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday 30 June 2022 13th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.” At that, some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man is blaspheming.” Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said,“Why do you harbor evil thoughts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”– he then said to the paralytic, “Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this, they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to men.             (Matthew 9: 1-8) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus cares about our happiness. Being happy is not something that depends on being able to walk on one’s own legs or in a wheelchair but on having the heart free from...

Who do you say that I am?

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday 29 June 2022 13th Week of Ordinary Time SAINTS PETER AND PAUL WORD of the DAY  When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples,“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, 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. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”                         (Matthew 16: 13-19) How shall I live this Word?   On the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the liturgy presents us with...

DO NOT BE AFRAID!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday 28 June 2022 13th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!  We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”                                (Matthew 8: 23-27) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus sleeps peacefully while all the unleashed elements of nature risk precipitating the situation and determining, in addition to the sudden stop of the crossing, also the end of those who are making it. In the midst of the upheavals of life, the desire to wake Him up for Him to intervene spontaneously arises. Jesus, awakened from sleep, reconstitutes the momentarily disturbed harmony with His Word and asks the disciples, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Here,...

Lose all to find all in Jesus!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday 27 June 2022 13th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  When Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other shore. A scribe approached and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”But Jesus answered him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.” (Matthew 8: 18-22) How shall I live this Word?   Many times in the Gospel, Jesus orders the disciples to go to the other shore. Beyond the strict, literal meaning that can be given to this indication, I believe that there is in it an invitation addressed to the disciples to follow their Master with the attitude of one who continually sets in motion, trying to orient, in always a new way, the journey. More or less what the scribe who wishes to follow Jesus will have to do but also the disciple who asks to be able...

Journey with Jesus…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday 26 June 2022 13th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan villageto prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.                    (Luke 9: 51-56) How shall I live this Word?   The beginning of Jesus’ ascent towards the place where His existence will tragically find its fulfillment had highlighted a double resistance. There was that of the Samaritans who did not want to welcome Jesus because He was headed for Jerusalem and that of the disciples, in particular of James and of John, who wanted the Lord to punish the Samaritans who did not accept Him. In truth, it is the disciples themselves who do not welcome Jesus who goes to Jerusalem. It always happens like...