Blessed are you…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 29, 2023   Fourth SUNDAY of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.  (Matthew 5: 1-12) “How shall I live this Word?   Even before dwelling on the beatitudes, what strikes us are the eyes of...

Walk by Faith!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 28, 2023   Third SATURDAY of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; he went out, not knowing where he was to go.  (Hebrews 11: 1/8) How shall I live this Word?   Through this passage, Saint Paul highlights the faith of Abraham, who as we know put into practice what God told him (cf. Genesis 12). Therefore, it is important to listen to him as we mentioned last Tuesday. We must listen and obey, trust and entrust oneself to Him, an act of faith-trust. Faith is not based on certainties linked to our human calculations, but on a relationship of trust that makes us hope against all hope (cf. Romans 4:18), towards what is not seen (v.1). Abraham proved it to us and we must learn from him, “he obeyed when he left” (v 8), for this very reason he is our father in faith (cf. Romans 4:18). Learning not with just a desire, but with a...

Persevere in Prayer

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 27, 2023   Third FRIDAY of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  You need endurance to do the will of God and receive what he has promised. (Hebrews 10: 36) How shall I live this Word?   In order for God’s will to be done, it is very important to listen to Him, as we wrote on Tuesday again with reference to chapter 10 of the Letter to the Hebrews, but today St. Paul underlines that we must also be persevering, assiduous, constant. This invitation is not a prerogative of Saint Paul, who repeats it several times in his letters. In the Gospels, we often find the reference to perseverance without forgetting that the descent of the Holy Spirit took place in a community persevering in prayer (cf. Acts 1: 14). All the spiritual masters highlight this aspect, and what do we do? In life we are often caught up in so many problems, worries, etc. but if we want to do the will of the Lord, we must decide to dedicate time to listen to Him, not only when we need it or feel like it. We need an inner discipline that is...

A fruitful mission happens when we love each other

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 26, 2023   Third THURSDAY of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  The Lord appointed seventy- two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.    (Luke 10: 1) How shall I live this Word?   If we consider ourselves disciples of Jesus, we are invited to bear witness to His teachings, as we wrote yesterday, and as witnesses we are also invited to go wherever He is going. He wants to meet all men and women so He sends us ahead to prepare the ground, but it is He who acts, not us. This helps us reduce our spiritual pride when we think that we are converting people with our activism. We must be humble like the Baptist, ‘but the one who comes after me is stronger than me whose sandal laces I am not worthy to untie’. (cf. Gospels of: Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:7; and Luke 3:16). In addition to being humble, we must bear witness to His commandment, that we love each other as He has loved us (cf. John 15:12). Only if we act with at least one other person, can...

Proclaim Jesus with your life!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 25, 2023   Third WEDNESDAY of Ordinary Time CONVERSION of ST. PAUL APOSTLE WORD of the DAY  Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16: 15) How shall I live this Word?   Going around the world is, when we live in one place, relating in a certain way to all the people we meet. In today’s society, the dominant culture is increasingly erasing the presence of God. In this context, people find it more difficult to accept that He intervened in history to free us from our self-centeredness and realize His plan of love, for everyone to live in peace and in joy (cf. Galatians 5:22) Unfortunately, this estrangement, besides coming from the dominant culture, is also due to our contradictions, hence the need for our continuous conversion to bear witness to the teachings of Jesus. Talking about Him, yes, but above all, showing how much He has changed us. Help me Lord to transmit Your love in all the environments I frequent to show every creature Your holiness. The Voice of Pope Francis Homily – St. Paul Outside the Walls 14 April 2013 Let us remember...