First Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Saturday of Ordinary Time 18 January 2020 WORD of the DAY Once again he went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them. As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him. Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus heard this and said to them [that], “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: 13-17) How shall I live this Word? Having embraced our human nature, Jesus acts in a fully human way. In today’s Gospel, we meet Him in the home of Levi, the rich tax collector. He is at dinner with many invited guests who are not models of good works. It is clear that their being familiar with the Rabbi Jesus arouses comments and surprise that is certainly not approval. Jesus is not in agreement with their spiritual illness that willingly combines their power with material well-being. Rather Jesus accepts the invitation to dine with them and thus can affirm that He has not come for those who consider themselves just, good, healthy, and in place, but rather... read more

XXXVIII Spirituality Days of Salesian Family begins

XXXVIII Spirituality Days of Salesian Family begins 17 January 2020 (ANS – Turin) – Yesterday afternoon, Thursday 16 January, the XXXVIII Spirituality Days of the Salesian Family began in Turin-Valdocco, scheduled until Sunday 19 January. About 400 representatives of the various groups of the Salesian Family from 43 countries around the world are participating in the event. The meeting began at 16:30 local time, at the large theater of Valdocco, with the screening of a video of good wishes to all participants and the welcome of Fr Enrico Stasi, Provincial of Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta (ICP ). “It’s wonderful to think that Valdocco is the home of the Salesian Family in the world … We hope to live together the spirit of Don Bosco which gave birth to us all as a Salesian Family,” said Fr Stasi. Then, on the theater stage, animated by the lively and interactive direction of Fr Moreno Filipetto, SDB, Fr Eusebio Muñoz, Delegate of the Rector Major, illustrated the meaning of the appointment and the program of the Days: “Every year, we of the Salesian Family have the opportunity to meet to share a few days of gathering around a theme suggested by the Strenna of the Rector Major … In reflecting together on the Strenna, we recognize the Rector Major as the center of unity of the whole family. This reflection helps us to focus the attention of the missionary dimension in our groups on the proposal that he offers. With the Strenna we look together with Don Bosco.” The event then continued with internalization and prayer on the theme of the Strenna by... read more

First Friday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Friday of Ordinary Time 17 January 2020 WORD of the DAY Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”… he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” (Mark 2: 2- 5/ 11-12) How shall I live this Word? The joyful statement of the people witnesses to the fascination that Jesus exercises with a power that is all in function of the people’s good and it is very great. When was it ever seen that in order to approach Jesus, a seriously sick man had to be literally lowered into a house by uncovering the roof? In the face of these unheard of events, the evangelist Mark highlights the important question that arises in the minds of the scribes. It is incomprehensible how they can doubt the true identity of the man Jesus, His explicit divinity, not only by healing but even more, by forgiving sins. These people simply... read more
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