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29th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 29th Tuesday of Ordinary Time October 20, 2020 WORD of the DAY Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants. (Luke 12: 35-38) How shall I live this Word? Live with your eyes open to be blissful, happy. This is the indication that appears most evident in Jesus’ words. But what is implied in this invitation? This can be understood by thinking about how the master returning home, would not want to find the servants. It seems obvious to me that those servants who the master finds asleep on his return will not be blessed. Living with your eyes closed, living asleep, is basically not living at all. It would mean living without noticing who comes to meet us, who...

29th Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 29th Monday of Ordinary Time October 19, 2020 WORD of the DAY Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores...

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time October 18, 2020 WORD of the DAY Then the Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap him in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” (Matthew 22: 15-21) How shall I live this Word? The Gospel scene takes place in the Temple of Jerusalem, at the beginning of “Holy Week”. Jesus responds to the provocation addressed to Him by the Pharisees and...

28 Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th Saturday of Ordinary Time October 17, 2020 WORD of the DAY I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven. When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities, do not worry about how or what your defense will be or about what you are to say. For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say. (Luke 12: 8-12) How shall I live this Word? The gift of the Spirit is the medicine against our falsehood, our hypocrisy, our self-sufficiency, our selfishness. Only the Spirit, who is Love, can heal us, teaches us to be witnesses, puts in our hearts what to say because He changes the way we feel and think by conforming us to the feeling and thinking of Jesus. Let Him act in our life and we will find ourselves in...

28th Friday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th Friday of Ordinary Time October 16, 2020 WORD of the DAY Meanwhile, so many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. He began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven—that is, the hypocrisy—of the Pharisees. “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. (Luke 12: 1-3) How shall I live this Word? Hypocrisy is often identified as the other side of the coin of sincerity, transparency. It can be understood as a set of attitudes and behaviors linked to falsehood, lack of clarity. ‘Ipòcrisis’ from the Greek means ‘simulation’ and is the name used in ancient times, in Greek theater, to define the actor’s gesture. The hypocrite on the stage had the purpose of showing ‘other’ than his own essence, precisely to ‘simulate’, disguise. Jesus tells us that hypocrisy is a leaven, that is, a principle of corruption, to which we must react by removing the mask that prevents...