Trust Jesus…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 13, 2021  EASTER TUESDAY 2 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to Nicodemus: “You must be born from above. The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus answered and said to him, ‘How can this happen?’ Jesus answered and said to him, “You are the teacher of Israel and you do not understand this? Amen, amen, I say to you, we speak of what we know and we testify to what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony.”                                          (John 3: 7-15) How shall I live this Word?    Nicodemus is a Teacher, he knows the Scriptures. He has studied, yet he lacks the essential: understanding what comes from above. It is not enough to know, it is necessary to believe, trust, take sides, adhere, give oneself. The Spirit helps us, pushes us towards the Word. If life has not completely deafened our interiority, we will see the Holy Spirit infiltrate every corner of our life to break...

BORN AGAIN…IN JESUS!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 12, 2021  EASTER MONDAY 2 WORD of the DAY  There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless one is born from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”                               (John 3: 1-8) How shall I live this Word?    In what sense is it necessary to be reborn and how can a person be born when old? Can one possibly enter a mother’s womb a second time? The resistance that Nicodemus makes in understanding the words of Jesus is our own resistance when in the depths of our hearts we ask ourselves: can we really change? Yes, one can truly be reborn, the life of faith is a new life,...

BELIEVE!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 11, 2021  EASTER SUNDAY 2 DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY WORD of the DAY  On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”  (John 20: 19-31) How shall I live this...

BELIEVE!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 10, 2021  EASTER SATURDAY WORD of the DAY  When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe. After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either. But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”     (Mark 16: 9-15) How shall I live this Word?    The Eleven live the experience of mourning like anyone else who experiences detachment from a person with whom they walked together would live it. Yet, repeatedly the Master on the way to Jerusalem, in announcing His...

Do whatever Jesus tells you…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 9, 2021  EASTER FRIDAY WORD of the DAY  Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. (John 21: 1-6) How shall I live this Word?    So much effort the previous night, to note with bitterness that the nets remained inexorably empty. Empty like many of our churches, our seminaries, our novitiates, our pastoral...