32nd Thursday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Thursday of Ordinary Time November 14, 2019 WORD of the DAY Wisdom is more mobile than anything that moves. She pervades and embraces everything because she is so pure. Wisdom is the warm breath of God’s power. She pours forth from the all-powerful One’s pure glory. Therefore, nothing impure can enter her. She’s the brightness that shines forth from eternal light. She’s a mirror that flawlessly reflects God’s activity. She’s the perfect image of God’s goodness. She can do anything, since she’s one and undivided. She never changes, and yet she makes everything new. Generation after generation, she enters souls and shapes them into God’s friends and prophets.” (Wisdom 7: 24-26) How shall I live this Word? Wisdom is a virtue that God grants to human beings, strengthening it in them when they invoke the Holy Spirit. It must be clarified that the wise person is not always learned. Certainly culture is a gift that, by attending schools or courses specifically offered today, can enrich and strengthen the person. But culture must be assimilated Until becoming Wise, the person must first of all form a good conscience, a capacity to discern what...

32nd Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Wednesday of Ordinary Time November 13, 2019 WORD of the DAY Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”   (Luke 17: 17-19) How shall I live this Word? Jesus here focuses on a way of being certainly not praiseworthy on the part of some who had approached him invoking from Him healing from a purulent and abominable evil: leprosy. Certainly the heart of Christ Jesus does not cry out resentment at the serious lack of at least a thank you for a divinely beneficial healing. It regards a human virtue, indispensable: yesterday, today, tomorrow, and always. Unfortunately, even today human beings, the citizens of the world, who believe themselves to be so emancipated from ignorance, coarseness, and alienating behaviors, very often turn out to be hermetically closed to the need for gratitude. I read somewhere that where the flower of grace does not blossom, brambles and poisonous grass thrive. Lord, you did not want the thank you for Yourself:...

32nd Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Tuesday of Ordinary Time November 12, 2019 WORD of the DAY “When you have done all you have been commanded say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” (Luke 17: 10) How shall I live this Word? Here Jesus addresses us with a strong word, but closely linked to the normality of life. The scene that the text presents here concerns the saying and working of a master with his servant. We also take into account the mentality and habits of the time of Jesus. The fact is that, very naturally, the master demands that the servant prepare food. In the life of the Christian it is beautiful that this order is manifested. Yes, God the Creator is a Father who loves us. But, as in well-ordered houses, servants also love the master when he acts like a father. Sometimes we hear complaints and whining from those who always find the day’s commitments heavy. Yet if person does not commit to a just, honest, and good life, their very existence goes to pieces.. Lord, grant me light and good will so that I may clearly see...

32nd Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Monday of Ordinary Time November 11, 2019 WORD of the DAY “Love justice, you judges of the earth, think of the Lord with goodness of heart and seek Him with a simple heart. He will let Himself be found by those who trust Him .” (Wisdom 1: 1-2)   How shall I live this Word? The justice this passage speaks of is not that of Civil Law. It is rather an atmosphere of conscience and of heart that has welcomed and lives goodness: the one that God Himself pours into us when we relate to Him with simplicity. Warning! Simplicity is never being simplistic or nonsensical but rather the careful and serene search for the will of God in our days. Thus life takes place in the sun of God’s Presence in our thinking and working. Lord, it is consoling for me to think of Your justice, an atmosphere of goodness and of encouragement to choose the good in my thinking and acting. The voice of Nelson Mandela, South African Activist We know what should be done. What is missing is the will to do it. ____________________________________________________________________________ Daughters of Mary Help of...

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time November 10, 2019 WORD of the DAY “May Our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father who loved us and through His grace has given us eternal consolation and good hope, comfort your hearts and confirm you in work and word .” (Thes 12: 16-17) How shall I live this Word? The first thing that strikes us is the close repetition of the possessive adjective ‘our’: “Our Lord Jesus and God our Father”. What Paul wants to give us here with great evidence is a fundamental truth of our faith. For us who believe, it also becomes the foundation of our life. Existence does not exempt us from very painful experiences that try to weaken our will to ‘weave’, for us and for others, a serene life in the light of justice, goodness, and peace. Precisely by the grace of God there comes to us an ‘eternal consolation’ (one that does not fail). Paul also emphasizes the gift of ‘good hope’. Thus the comfort of our heart confirms us, because God acts in us with His Word and His work, giving us the help of His grace. Lord,...
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