FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FEBRUARY 27, 2021
First Saturday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5: 43- 48)
How shall I live this Word?
To those who have the courage, patience, and good fortune to listen to Jesus more closely, to those who can listen to His voice with all sincerity and an open heart, to those who do not fall into the illusion of believing that they already know everything and continue to climb the impervious paths of the “Sermon on the Mount”, the secret of the Christian faith is transmitted. It is recognizing oneself as a child of God and not god; brothers/sisters, and not enemies. Only in those who accept this as a gift, and not as a conquest, does the gift become effective, it becomes a leaven that makes us mature, makes us leavened, grown but without swelling. It is the gift of the Word: truth that transfigures our humanity inclined to remain on the ground. Yes, in life there will always be some enemy, our mind always gives birth to rivals – real or potential – against whom to guard ourselves. But our real adversaries are not these people in flesh and blood (let’s name the names …), but the passions, the unresolved conflicts, the dissatisfactions that make war on our soul. True courage lies in challenging ourselves, rather than others, letting ourselves be loved by the Father who is in heaven.
I retrace those episodes of my life in which I felt hurt, hated, mistreated, insulted, laughed at … Remembering those people, with a name and surname, I present them to God, I pray for them, and ask God to open ways of reconciliation and of peace for everyone.
The Voice of Carlo Acutis, Blessed
Our goal must be Infinity. If God possesses our heart, we too will possess Infinity.
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