Everlasting JOY…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SIXTH FRIDAY OF EASTER 27 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. On that day you will not question me about anything. Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.” (John 16:21-23) How shall I live this Word?   When we live moments of suffering, we often ask ourselves why, we would like to know the causes in order to avoid suffering, but the Lord opens our eyes to the consequences because everything contributes to the manifestation of God’s works (cf. John 9). We must have the strength and the courage to go beyond the suffering of the moment and grasp God’s plan in us which is an intimate communion with Him (As you, Father, are in me and I in you, may they also be in us one thing only, (John 17: 20b); communion which is a source of joy as Psalm 16 tells us “full joy in your presence.” It is important to listen to the voice of Jesus and carry out His teachings so that we will have the joy of dining with Him (cf. Revelation 3:20). In that moment, He... read more

Go with the Holy Spirit

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SIXTH THURSDAY OF EASTER 26 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  Every sabbath, he entered into discussions in the synagogue, attempting to convince both Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul began to occupy himself totally with preaching the word, testifying to the Jews that the Messiah was Jesus. When they opposed him and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your heads! I am clear of responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”  (Acts 18:4-6) How shall I live this Word?   From this short passage we highlight “he discussed, he tried to convince, they opposed, he testified, I will go to the pagans.” These are situations that we often experience when we talk about Jesus to others, even to Christians without Christ, without faith or who live it only as pure formalism. We look for all the rational arguments to make them meet with Jesus Christ, the Risen One, but we easily collect failures. There are those who oppose it for various reasons, but we continue undeterred without considering that our testimony and dialogue alone cannot open a breach in the hearts of others if the Holy Spirit does not act. Only in silent listening prayer can we understand if we must continue or if we are wasting time, or if we must have the courage to go elsewhere. Here we are helped by living the first three lines of the prayer of simplicity. God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the... read more

Do good to others now…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SIXTH WENESDAY OF EASTER 25 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  When they heard about resurrection of the dead,some began to scoff, but others said,“We should like to hear you on this some other time.” (Acts 17:32) How shall I live this Word?   We are certain that Christ is risen and this is our faith, a faith that nourishes hope in us in the future life, but the future is already here. We connect this verse to the Hymn to Charity where we read in 1 Corinthians 13:7 that charity “hopes for everything”. We hope that those people who are internally dead can return to life: resurrect? Or do we deride them and if someone invites us to do something for them, we reply that we have something to do and we will talk about it another time? How many times does our heart of stone lead us to have these attitudes? Thanks to an examination of conscience, we can find out to whom we do not give hope and ask the Lord to give us a heart of flesh (cf. Ezekiel 11:19) so that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can help those who experience an interior death. This prevents us from praying for them with a cold heart (of stone) because with the heart of flesh, which we will receive during prayer, we will fulfill the commandment that Jesus gave us through the evangelist John, “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you “(Jn 13:12). Lord, help me to love those who have... read more

Mary Help of Christians, Pray for us!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SIXTH TUESDAY OF EASTER SOLEMNITY OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS 24 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, there was suddenly such a severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose. When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted out in a loud voice, “Do no harm to yourself; we are all here.” So they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to everyone in his house. He took them in at that hour of the night and bathed their wounds; then he and all his family were baptized at once. He brought them up into his house and provided a meal and with his household rejoiced at having come to faith in God. (Acts 26-28/32-34) How shall I live this Word?   The jailer used the harshest precautions to make good guard, certainly mistreating them. After the earthquake they could have escaped, who wouldn’t have done it? But they lived fully what Jesus said in Luke 6: 27-28, “But to you who listen, I say: love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. ” By not running away and shouting loudly, “Don’t hurt yourself, we’re all here,” they did good to those who treated... read more

Everyday holiness

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SIXTH MONDAY OF EASTER 23 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  After she and her household had been baptized,she offered us an invitation,“If you consider me a believer in the Lord,come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us. (Acts 16: 15) How shall I live this Word?   Lydia certainly insisted on making Paul and his companion accept to stay in his house, they were convinced by these simple words, “If you have judged me faithful to the Lord.” By welcoming them she surely nourished her holiness, but Paul surely benefited spiritually. Many times, we are Lydia or Paul. We are Lydia when we invite people we consider close to the Lord, and we are Paul when we invite people who are faithful to the Lord, even unwittingly. When we are invited, do we refuse or accept? It is right to refuse when the invitation is aimed at feeding our selfishness through conspiracies, gossip or other, which lead us to infidelity towards the Lord. But when these dynamics are avoided, it is appropriate to accept because, even through movements of the spirit that escape us, there is certainly an exchange of holiness, a growth in faith. The other can highlight, with their behavior, some of our shortcomings in loving our neighbor. There is no love without relationship, even with people who are not temperamentally similar. This verse invites us to always be in relationship, not to isolate ourselves but rather to welcome the other in their complexity. Lord, help me to accept everyone and enjoy their holiness. The Voice of GAUDETE... read more

JESUS is our PEACE

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 22 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.Not as the world gives do I give it to you.Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14: 27) How shall I live this Word?   Before, peace was given to us through the blessing that priests could dispense following the indications that Moses received from God, as reported in the book of Numbers 6,26 “May the Lord turn his face upon you and grant you peace”. Now, thanks to Jesus, peace is given to us directly by the Lord but with a clarification, not the peace of the world, but His. While on the surface the sea is agitated but, in its depths, it is calm, so if we enter the depths of our hearts the peace of the Lord allows us to live the agitated situations of life without disturbance. The Lord places His peace in the heart if we adhere to His teachings through the daily reading of His word in prayer. Thus, we could live in ourselves the text of Ezekiel 3:26 “I will give you a new heart, I will put a new spirit within you, I will take away from you the heart of stone and I will give you a heart of flesh.” The heart of stone is the one that continually seeks the tranquility of the world through power, money, roles, objects, and more. Only in its silence before God will the new spirit reveal to us the attitudes that it can... read more

ALIVE IN JESUS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIFTH SATURDAY OF EASTER 21 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  Remember the word I spoke to you,‘No slave is greater than his master.’If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,because they do not know the one who sent me.” (John 15: 20-21) How shall I live this Word?   After having declared His love and friendship to us in the Gospels of the previous days, Jesus offers us a painful future. He warns us that the fate of a true believer is identical to His own. If He was persecuted, we will be too. But beware of the traps that can insinuate themselves into our hearts. In fact, we are not always persecuted because of the name of the good Lord. Sometimes in fact, if we are hated it is our fault due to our not very evangelical behavior. Certainly, the current context is not easy or welcoming for those who want to follow the Master and His Gospel without compromise. Generous love for the poor; welcome of the different; the sobriety of life; endurance of those who do not esteem us or those who reject us. It is clear that following Jesus is not very comfortable today. However, there is a strength and a courage that comes to us from hope. It is the Lord Himself who confirms this, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” How wonderful, however, to think that we have been chosen... read more

LOVE as JESUS LOVES

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIFTH FRIDAY OF EASTER 20 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  It was not you who chose me, but I who chose youand appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.This I command you: love one another.” (John 15: 16-17) How shall I live this Word?   All of us have noted in our internal calendar the magical moment in which we felt the presence of the Master alive, His call to follow Him on that path He had prepared for us. Especially in the darkest moments, when the ashes of habit and indifference tried to cover that fire of embers that God has placed in our heart, thinking back to that call, our life regained light and warmth. Jesus chose us. It is not we who have chosen Jesus. He has called us and entrusted us with the mission to go and bear fruit, fruit that lasts. We need Him, but He also wants to need us and our work in order to continue and do today for the people what He did for the people of Galilee. The last recommendation, “This I command you: love one another!” The measure of this love is excess, it is a criterion that surpasses all our perspectives. It goes beyond what was already recommended in the Old Testament, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” It is a new commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you.” And He loved us to the point of giving His life for us.... read more

JESUS is all our JOY!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIFTH THURSDAY OF EASTER 19 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.“I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.” (John 15: 9-11) How shall I live this Word?   The word abides. The verbs to abide, to remain are the favorites of John, “the apostle whom Jesus loved”. In this short passage from the Gospel, which is part of the farewell and reports the moving atmosphere of the Last Supper, the evangelist almost makes a waste of these words. But unlike what happens after having exaggerated in the use of something, instead of feeling nauseated, the Master reveals to us the result and the promise hidden in His invitation to remain in Him, “I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete.” Loving and feeling loved is one of the deepest, most important, and urgent aspirations in the life of every human being and this both in our relationships and above all, towards the Lord. The opposite is always the reason for a deep and incurable malaise, which often degenerates into depression, loneliness, and abandonment. Then we understand the heartfelt appeal that He addresses to all of us today, “Remain in my love”; we also understand the immensity and perfection of that... read more

Remain in contact with Jesus…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIFTH WEDNESDAY OF EASTER 18 May 2022 WORD of the DAY  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in mewill be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified,that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. (John 15: 5-8) How shall I live this Word?   On the evening of Easter this year, RAI gave us an emotional video. For fifty minutes, we were able to experience a contemplative time during which Pope Francis revealed to us, with a discreet tone and simple words, his way of approaching the Gospel. He taught us a simple, daily method and told us, “I continue to recommend daily contact with the Gospel because if you do not have daily contact with your loved one, you will hardly be able to love … Love is continuous contact, it is speaking continuously, it is listening to the other, looking at him. Love is sharing.” It was a response – that of contemplation – to the tyranny of time, haste, forgetfulness, the culture of indifference, and simplified syntax that governs our lives and that often mortifies the truth. It is as if the Pope took us by the hand and accompanied... read more