Do not judge!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 21 JUNE  2021  Monday 12 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” (Mt 7: 1-5) How shall I live this Word?   Luigi Maria Epicoco, a young theologian and writer appreciated by the Pope and by many who follow his lectio, opens the commentary on today’s Gospel with some words from which we feel challenged: “Who among us would not want a better world? Who among us would not want to wake up in the morning and live in a world where hatred, wars, social injustices, pollution no longer exist? Well, know that all this...

Have faith in Jesus

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 20 JUNE  2021  Sunday 12 WORD of the DAY  On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet!  Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?” (Mk 4: 35-41) How shall I live this Word?   Today’s Gospel offers us a very human picture of the life of Jesus and of the disciples. It is the sunset of a heavy day. The Teacher spoke for a long time from a...

Seek the Kingdom of God

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 19 JUNE  2021  Saturday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little...

Heaven…our true Treasure!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 18 JUNE  2021  Friday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.” (Mt 6: 19-23) How shall I live this Word?   Very often we Christians too, in the concreteness of facts, behave like pagans, under the guise of faith we admit and justify the pursuit of our particular interests. For Christ to be truly formed in us, there is a need for every area of our life to be clothed with the newness of the Gospel, for the light of the Word of God to enter even where the dim light of our well-being...

OUR FATHER

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 17 JUNE  2021  Thursday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven,  hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Mt 6: 7-15) How shall I live this Word?   The ‘Our Father’, summa of every prayer and concrete model of prayer that Jesus Himself left us, reminds us of a ‘scientific’ truth: the mutual dependence that binds us all. No one can claim to be completely free from others, but there is truly an identity that...