Jesus asks us to trust Him…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 26 JUNE  2021  Saturday 12 WORD of the DAY  When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority,  with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. (Mt 8: 5-9) How shall I live this Word?   The reflection, this time, is given to us by Fr. Franco Mastrolonardo, animator of “The boys of the young point of Riccione, who writes: “I found several comments from the boys about this gospel. I try to put them together by ordering them in three places....

Lord, make us clean!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 25 JUNE  2021  Friday 12 WORD of the DAY  When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” (Mt 8: 1-4) How shall I live this Word?   A leper comes close to Jesus. He is excluded. Whoever touches him becomes impure! For this, the lepers had to be removed. But that leper has a lot of courage. He transgresses the norms of religion in order to get in touch with Jesus. When he gets close, he says, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean!” That is, ‘You don’t need to touch me! It is enough that the Lord wills it and I will be cured.’ The leper does not pretend, he waits. Jesus touches him and says, “I...

Feast of John the Baptist

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 24 JUNE  2021  Thursday 12 WORD of the DAY  In those days, Paul said: “God raised up David as king;  of him God testified,  I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish. From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus. John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; and as John was completing his course, he would say, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’ My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those others among you who are God-fearing, to us this word of salvation has been sent.” (Acts 13: 22-26) How shall I live this Word?   The today’s passage from  Acts is part of Paul’s proclamation of Christ on his first missionary journey together with Barnabas. It was located in the synagogue of Antioch of Pisidia, an area of ​​present-day Turkey. Retracing the main stages in the history of Israel, Paul...

Be fruitful in Jesus…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 23 JUNE  2021  Wednesday 12 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.” (Mt 7: 15-20) How shall I live this Word?   The Teacher, as a good Semite, son of a culture that speaks with images, in today’s Gospel passage, uses three metaphors: the door, the way, and the tree. Three elements that recall the journey of our life. Any door that is not the love of the Father and of others leads to perdition. The good way is Jesus Christ Himself who said, “I am the way!” By following this path we can become good trees that bear fruit in every season....

THE GOLDEN RULE

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 22 JUNE  2021  Tuesday 12 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” (Mt 7: 6/12-14) How shall I live this Word?   The ‘Golden Rule’ is the name attributed to the principle taught by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount and which we find in today’s Gospel, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.” Jesus knew the human heart and its selfishness. The golden rule of Jesus gives us a model according to which naturally selfish people can calibrate their actions, treat others as you would like to be treated. Jesus...