God works in littleness

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28 OCTOBER 2021 30th Thursday of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus went up to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named Apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called a Zealot, and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor. (Luke 6: 12-19) How shall I live this Word?   The call of the Apostles as in many other gestures and words of Jesus, reveals His style as sacramental.  The twelve seem a small thing in regard to the needs of the world, but He chooses to work through littleness.  His actions are always sacramental.  In a small sign of life, He gives His whole self as Love.  In sacramentality, the infinite works in littleness.  This is necessary so that God who is infinite  can encounter human beings who are finite, but who are made for the infinite.  Littleness is our possibility for entering into the...

Love will save us

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 27 OCTOBER 2021 30th Wednesday of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus passed through towns and villages,  teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.                     (Luke 13: 22-24) How shall I live this Word?   As Jesus walks, He teaches.  Jesus is always walking and the lesson is His journey towards Jerusalem where the God’s Love will be revealed that excludes no one, but is merciful to everyone. “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”  Are  they many or few?  Salvation is the fruit of our surveys, of our abilities, no one can save themselves.  We are all saved through the gratuitous love of the Father.  The gate is narrow for those who want  to save themselves.  A struggle is needed, an effort is needed  to keep the heart and hand open to receive this gratuitous gift.  We have the responsibility of living as though all depended on us, while knowing that all depends...

Kingdom of God

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 26 OCTOBER 2021 30th Tuesday of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.” Again he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.” (Luke 13: 18-21) How shall I live this Word?   The Kingdom of God is not the Kingdom of humans.  It presents itself with criteria and acts in a way that is uniquely of Jesus.  It is based on poverty, irrelevance, smallness, hiddenness, failure, seeds that die, flour that has gone bad!  The Kingdom of God is not seen; it is almost invisible.  We must have discernment to recognize it.  The parables we have read tell us about Jesus, the seed that produces life through death and the leaven that acts only in hiddenness.  These...

Flee evil

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 25 OCTOBER 2021 30TH Monday of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God… The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the Sabbath day from this bondage?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him. (Luke 13: 10-13/15-16) How shall I live this Word?   This woman in the synagogue where the Law of God was proclaimed, the liberating law, presents herself as ‘bound’, ‘curved’, because she ‘had been...

Jesus, cure our blindness

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 24 OCTOBER 2021 30TH Sunday of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”    Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.  Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?”  The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”  Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”  Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.                                                   (Mark 10: 46-47/49-52) How shall I live this Word?   This is the last healing miracle recounted by Mark.  As he had already done with the blind man of Bethsaida in Chapter 8 (Mk 8: 22-26) before His first announcement of the passion, the evangelist, in this important moment that is bringing...