Thirteenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thirteenth Tuesday of Ordinary Time June 30, 2020 WORD of the DAY “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” (Matthew 8: 27) How shall I live this Word? God is always able to amaze us, to respond to our requests differently than we had thought and wanted, to do unheard of and incredible things, far from our logic, because He is God, because He is not like us! Because He is the Lord of heaven and earth and we do not even know for sure what the weather will be tomorrow. Because He is the God who knows everything about us, and we don’t even know what’s good for us to ask Him. Because He knows what it means to truly love and how to do it, and we often live in an illusion of affection and giving. God is God and we cannot bend Him, lock Him up, teach Him; He is always able to amaze us! And we should let ourselves be amazed every day by our God! Lord, give me a simple and good heart, able to marvel at Your greatness and at...

SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thirteenth Monday of Ordinary Time SOLEMNITY OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL June 29, 2020 WORD of the DAY “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: 17-19) How shall I live this Word? How reassuring is this passage of the Gospel for each of us, weak in faith and sinners. Jesus chooses Peter, in spite of everything, and perhaps precisely for this reason. He is one of us, he is like us. But He is also Peter, the rock of our faith, the example for our journey. And it doesn’t matter if we fall or make a mistake, he did it before us. And it doesn’t matter if we are afraid, he too was afraid, like us....

Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time June 28, 2020 WORD of the DAY Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10: 37-39) How shall I live this Word? We have a cross, any cross, large or small, light or heavy, we all have a cross! We received it with an illness, the painful death of a loved one, a difficult relationship, a dangerous bond, a disastrous economic situation, an endless war … or who knows how. We all have a cross, believers or atheists, Christians or Muslims, practicing or not. We all have a cross, and perhaps we have more than one. But it is how we accept and welcome it in our life that makes us true Christians, authentic disciples of that Jesus who carried His heavy and painful cross along the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha. But...

Twelfth Saturday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Twelfth Saturday of Ordinary Time June 27, 2020  WORD of the DAY   When he 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 person 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.   (Matthew 8: 5-10) How shall I live this Word? The great lesson offered to us by this Roman soldier – a pagan who understood the spirit of the beatitudes well – had understood that the power of God is far above human faculties, transcends them, and brings them to fulfillment. In...

Twelfth Friday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Twelfth Friday of Ordinary Time June 26, 2020  WORD of the DAY   When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.2And 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.   (Matthew 8: 1-4) How shall I live this Word? The first fruit of the mountain discourse is the recognition of one’s own unworthiness, of the sin that has deeply marked us and that makes us repellent, unapproachable. Having disgust of this condition of distance from God is the necessary spring for finding the courage to draw near to Jesus, the achievement of that spiritual poverty that associates us with those who truly listen to the word of God.  Challenging social norms to throw oneself at the feet of Christ is the first step towards salvation. What a surprising revelation,...
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