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Lord of the Sabbath

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 19, 2021 Tuesday – Week Two WORD of the DAY  As he was passing through a field of grain on the Sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.  At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”  He said to them, “Have you never read what David did  when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?”  Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man,  not man for the Sabbath.   That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”   (Mark 2: 23-28) How shall I live this Word?   We are facing the fourth dispute between Jesus and the Pharisees presented in the Gospel of Mark.  Jesus does not want to justify but rather to make us glimpse, once again, the new logic that He has come to bring. It is no longer the logic of pure formality, of appearance, of external correctness, of the Law perverted into moralism. You are not a good person simply because you respect Saturday but because you really understand the value of Saturday. Rigidity in observance always hides some internal difficulty in the person himself, it is certainly not a gift of God. The Law of the Sabbath must be at the service of life and fraternity. This... read more

Open to Jesus

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 18, 2021 Monday – Week Two WORD of the DAY  The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.  People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.  No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.  (Mark 2: 18-22) How shall I live this Word?   “New wine in new wineskins.”  What good we do should be hosted within a change of the whole person. Jesus’ invitation is that of a total change of being itself which makes us totally new, especially in our way of thinking. New things cannot be done by keeping old mentalities. “Nobody sews a piece of rough cloth onto an old suit; otherwise the new patch takes something away from the old fabric and the tear becomes worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins, otherwise the wine will split the skins, and wine and... read more

Jesus invites us

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 17, 2021 Sunday – Week Two WORD of the DAY  The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”  The two disciples  heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon.  Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed).  Then he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John;  you will be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).  (John 1: 35-42) How shall I live this Word?   This is one of the best known passages of John’s Gospel: the calling of the first disciples. The scene takes place between a play on glances and short phrases that touch the depths of the heart. “What are you looking for?” These are the first words of Jesus recorded by the evangelist John. It is the key question about the fundamental meaning of one’s existence that challenges humans of all time. It is the real question we must ask ourselves: what... read more

Jesus makes us whole

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 16, 2021 Saturday – Week One WORD of the DAY  “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Mark 2: 17) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus constitutes the generative nucleus of the church with an overwhelming criterion of choice. Even He reveals that this is the meaning of His coming; not for the perfect but for sinners; not the pure but those in need of regeneration. Merciful love calls with power: everyone is asked where they are ‘seated’. The voice of the Lord awakens us  from  rickety chairs and various haggling tables, to stand up and recognize ourselves as  seekers and  also and precisely in the experience of a sinner – awaited, seen, known, loved, summoned. Not only does love heal by forgiving, but also by forgiving it calls to a new, transforming relationship with Him, with oneself, and with others. And thus, as a forgiven sinner, each one is made a living stone of the Church, the body of Christ in the world. Father, in Jesus you make us meet your face of grace and mercy that individually calls each one to follow Him: let our life transformed by the surprising gratuitousness of Your love open with full dedication to You and to each of our sisters and brothers.. The Voice of Pope Francis The truth is that someone was waiting for me. He has been waiting for me for a long time. I felt something had changed. I was not the same.... read more

Have Faith

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 15, 2021 Friday – Week One WORD of the DAY  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” (Mark 2: 8/12) How shall I live this Word?   The experience of the paralysis of the vital dynamism that animates us needs to be, with profound respect and gratuitousness, assumed and supported by a strong friendship, tenaciously rooted in faith in Jesus, in order to be able to open up to freedom. Understanding that the healing of the other is not a work of generosity squeezed out of our good qualities, but it is the work of the Lord, it confers humility, deep respect, and tender strength to the gestures of friendship. The four – it is very significant – disappear under the gratuitousness of the act of carrying. Helping the other in his paralysis is an act of faith in the power of God’s love, which alone heals both body and soul together. Christian friendship knows this art, and the times and ways to bring it to action. Jesus is the first to teach us this by ‘carrying’ our sins. He discloses to us the profound wonder that He experienced at the Jordan: to hear Himself called: “Son!” opens the sky on the dark waters of sin. God of freedom and peace, who in the forgiveness of sins give us the sign of the new creation, grant that our whole life reconciled with the support of our brothers and sisters,... read more

Jesus heals us

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 14, 2021 Thursday WORD of the DAY  A leper came to him [and kneeling down] begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.”  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” (Mark 1: 40-41) How shall I live this Word?   In this strange and wonderful encounter, everything begins with the initiative of the leper. They are alone, the two of them. Jesus, and the man kept at a distance by the Law, contagious, proscribed. The latter approaches and kneels, in a cry that is confession, recognition of one’s own filth, a cry of solitude; but it is a voice that nevertheless entrusts itself: “If you want,…”, he pleads, without even naming Jesus. It is only a plea. It resembles the prayer of Abba Macario, who said: “There is no need to say empty words, but to stretch out your hands and say: Lord, as you want and as you know, have mercy on me!”  This nameless leper condenses in himself many human beings, far and very close. Ourselves. It is a cry that shakes the roots of a human being, even in Jesus. And Jesus, in a certain way, obeys that cry, in the sense that His will allows Himself to be instructed by the cry of one who, at that moment, is also unclean, He is transgressing the Law that imposed distance. Jesus, Son of God, is taken by the power of pain, by that cry for help. And, moved, angry, He contaminates... read more

Hoy es la fiesta de San Hilario de Poitiers, Doctor de la Iglesia

“Dios sólo sabe ser amor, y sólo sabe ser Padre. Y quien ama no es envidioso, y quien es Padre lo es totalmente”, dijo San Hilario de Poitiers, defensor insigne de la divinidad de Cristo y Doctor de la Iglesia. Su fiesta se celebra cada 13 de enero. Source: Hoy es la fiesta de San Hilario de Poitiers, Doctor de la... read more