Fifth Thursday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Thursday of Easter Time May 23, 2019 WORD of the DAY After much debate had taken place, Peter got up and said to them, “My brothers, you are well aware that from early days God made his choice among you that through my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness by granting them the holy Spirit just as he did us. He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith he purified their hearts”. (Acts 15: 7-9) How shall I live this Word? The Acts of the Apostles narrate what occurred in the life of the early Christians. They reveal to us what always happens among groups of people even those who are believers. There are those who think in one way and others in another way. However, as happened here, what is needed is a worthy person who is esteemed and listened to, who speaks words enlightened by faith and is able to direct the minds and hearts of the faithful. Here it is Peter who expresses something which is reassuring at that time. In fact,...

Fifth Wednesday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Wednesday of Easter Time May 22, 2019 WORD of the DAY Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in them will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. (John 15: 4-8) How shall I live this Word? In the land of Palestine where Jesus had lived His divine-human reality, it was not difficult to gather good fruit. However, the farmer also had the experience of finding some branch that instead of bearing fruit, offered only leaves. At the proper time, the good vine dresser pruned the vine so that it would give the expected fruit....

Fifth Tuesday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Tuesday of Easter Time May 21, 2019 WORD of the DAY Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father. (John 14: 27-28) How shall I live this Word? In spite of the great progress in the field of technology and generally, in scientific research, our epoch does not shine with the affirmation of the peace we desire at the level of the entire cosmos. Therefore, these words of Jesus are truly therapeutic for not allowing ourselves to be interiorly upset. It is not by chance that they come from the Gospel of John, the Apostle who most closely succeeded in capturing the inner life of his and our Rabbi Jesus. It is absolutely necessary that this gift come from his heart. And if it is received by our heart, we become people who render more beautiful and livable, not only our life, but also that of those who live with us and around us. Lord Jesus, totally immerse me in the...

Fifth Monday of Easter

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Monday of Easter Time May 20, 2019 WORD of the DAY Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. (John 14: 21) How shall I live this Word? This is a precise and clear teaching on life. And since the synthesis of what is required of us that Jesus himself gave and St. Paul praised: is charity, what matters is to make strong contact with our conscience. So, in brief moments during the day I ask myself: am I loving Jesus or am I rendering arid my possibilities for loving? When I do not welcome, I do not listen, I do not enter into affectionate relations especially with those who live with me, I must be frank in telling myself: closing yourself in your selfish garden is equivalent to not wanting to love and therefore to rejecting Jesus Himself. It is not a question of continually judging one’s own conscience, but of growing more and more into our identity, within the daily call to be fulfilled in the vital encounter with Jesus. It does not take place only in the Eucharist but also in the commitment to...

Fifth Sunday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Sunday of Easter Time May 19, 2019 WORD of the DAY When he had left, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. [If God is glorified in him,] God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. (John 13: 31-32) How shall I live this Word? In Judas, all the darkness of misery that is sometimes in the human heart, even in ours, nested at this moment. Jesus therefore does not speak in his presence. What he says immediately after Judas’ exit concerns glorification: something sublime that concerns not only His identity as true man, but also that of true God. It is so comforting to think that in front of shows of great beauty or events of human magnanimity: in the good operated by just people is the glory of God who shines. Lord, please illumine the eyes of my mind and my heart so that I may learn to glorify You with all the love and joy that is possible for me. The Voice of Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus Docile and obedient to the Church, autonomous and...
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