TRUST GOD

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 28, 2022    FIRST MONDAY OF ADVENT WORD of the DAY  When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”   He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”   The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”                                               (Matthew 8:5-11) How shall I live this Word?   These are the words we usually use before meeting Christ in the Eucharist. However, we almost never consider the faith that should accompany this man’s so natural and so true expression. The centurion makes Jesus understand that his faith in him is so great that he does not need any other sign, or who knows what concrete proof other than just his simple command. For him, the word of Jesus is enough to change the cards on the table, without the need for... read more

WAIT…Your Lord will come!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 27, 2022    FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”                                                  (Matthew 24:37-44) How shall I live this Word?   The Gospel reminds us of the existence of those who proceed with their heads down, absorbed only by material concerns, by selfishness, by self-interest, who cannot wait, distracted only by earthly concerns. There are also others who have higher expectations and concerns. For example, they see so many things that go wrong and would like to straighten them out but their horizons... read more

LIVE in CHRIST JESUS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 25, 2022   34th Friday WORD of the DAY  Then I saw thrones; those who sat on them were entrusted with judgment. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands. They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev 20:4a) How shall I live this Word?   In this passage, we find two categories of people, the beheaded and those who had not received the mark of the beast on their forehead and hand. We are the beheaded when we do not act on the basis of our own heads (full of selfishness, pride, etc.), but try to conform ourselves to Jesus and put into practice what is written in the Gospel of Luke 11:28, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and observe it!” We are the people who do not have the mark of the beast on their forehead and on their hand when we think (mark on the forehead) and act (mark on the hand) according to God’s logic. The passage from Saint Paul in the letter to Galatians 5 is illuminating, 19-21a, “Moreover, the works of the flesh are well known: fornication, impurity, lewdness, idolatry, sorceries, enmities, strife, jealousy, dissensions, divisions, factions, envies, drunkenness, orgies, and things like that.” How not to accept the invitation of St. Paul in Galatians 5:16 to walk according to the Spirit in order... read more

We belong to Him…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 24, 2022   34th Thursday WORD of the DAY  Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. Know that the LORD is God, he made us, we belong to him, we are his people, the flock he shepherds. (Psalm:100) How shall I live this Word?   The end of the third verse of the psalm brings us back to the beginning of Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I will lack nothing”. A concept reaffirmed in a thought by Saint Teresa of Avila which has become the famous song, Let nothing upset you, nothing is missing, God alone is enough. If we have everything in God, we can only serve Him joyfully and our joy will be complete (cf. Jn 15:11). Unfortunately, it happens that the worries of the world take away our joy by giving us sadness (Cf. 2 Cor 7:10). It is necessary to have the courage to stop and return to the center of our heart, where the Lord dwells. To return to joy, we can also repeat over and over one of the above Bible verses, or another analogous, just as it is narrated in the “Tales of a Russian Pilgrim”. Another form of silent prayer. Lord, help me to live in YOU.” The Voice of Pope Francis – Homily 28 May 2018 Joy is not living from laughter to laughter. No, it’s not that. Joy is not being funny. No, it’s not that. It’s another thing. Christian joy is peace. Peace that is in the roots, peace of the... read more

LORD, guide me!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 23, 2022   34th Wednesday WORD of the DAY  Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. (Luke 21:14- 15)                                                  How shall I live this Word?   Generally, every time we have to face a difficulty, that we have to defend ourselves from something or someone, we begin to devise all possible strategies by continuing to hypothesize which might be the best and so worry and anxiety grow in us. Today, in a more current and common language, the Lord would tell us, “Don’t keep thinking about it, I will give you the word and wisdom at the right time.” But the mind escapes us and we keep racking our brains to plan defense. To try to avoid this trap and follow the teachings of Jesus, we must try to get back in touch with Him in some way, abandon ourselves totally to Him knowing that we are not the masters of our history. If He gives us wisdom at the right time, it means that His Presence is real in us, He is always with us (Mt 28:20) and will never abandon us. Lord, help me to let you enter my story as an author and not as a spectator; I ask you by making the words of Psalm 25 my own “Let me know, Lord, your ways, teach me your paths. Guide me in your faithfulness and teach me, because you are the God of my salvation.” The Voice... read more

ABANDON ALL for the KINGDOM

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 22, 2022   34th Tuesday WORD of the DAY  Another angel came out of the temple, crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud, “Use your sickle and reap the harvest, for the time to reap has come, because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.” (Apoc. 14: 15)                                                  How shall I live this Word?   The time we are living in today is an intermediate time, waiting for the day when the Lord will sit on the throne of glory (cf. Mt 25:31) to gather the fruit, when He will separate the goats from the sheep. We are in this intermediate time in which our commitment is to actualize the “Your kingdom come, Your will be done” (Our Father) so that we can participate in the wedding feast (see “The kingdom of heaven is like a king, who made a wedding feast…” in Matthew 22) along with as many people as we know. Quite a commitment. St. Paul tells us how in the letter to the Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but let yourselves be transformed by renewing your way of thinking, in order to be able to discern the will of God, what is good, what is pleasing to him and perfect.”  It is necessary that we allow ourselves to be transformed only by God, who by His grace does what we read in Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart, I will put a new spirit within you, I will remove from you the heart of stone and I will... read more

Do the Father’s Will

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 21, 2022 Monday PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY WORD of the DAY  Whoever does the will of my Father who is in Heaven, is my brother, sister, and mother.  (Matthew 12: 50)                                                  How shall I live this Word?   Doing the will of the Father: what does it mean? The thought brings us back to Luke 11:28, “But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and observe it!” The Church reminds us of this today during the acclamation to the Gospel. In order to do the Father’s will, it is first of all necessary to listen. And God speaks continuously, even today. The Bible is His Word written by Him, as if they were letters sent by Him to us, to you, to me, at this moment. But to listen to Him we must be silent and proceed according to the methodology most suited to us. If we do not understand the letter that God sends us, He sends many of them every day also through the biblical passages of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. We need to ask someone for help to guide us in understanding what he wants to tell us. Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, the Daughter of Mary Help of Christians who began the work in San Biagio House of Prayer from which the commentary on the Word starts every day, leaves us precisely this as a legacy: learning to listen to God in His Word through inner silence. After having illustrated the text with the methodology of the Lectio,... read more

JESUS CHRIST KING of the UNIVERSE

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 20, 2022 Last Sunday of the Liturgical Year JESUS CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE WORD of the DAY  The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.” Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”  (Luke 23: 39-43)                                                 How shall I live this Word?   Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Jesus Christ King of the Universe. The passage that the liturgy offers us takes us back to the Passion and death of Jesus. Two people are suffering considerably on the cross; one turns to Jesus to test Him and asks Him for a miracle, while the other only asks that He remember him. How many times in suffering do we oscillate between these attitudes? Sometimes we ask for a miracle and if... read more

Recognize Jesus’ Visit

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 33ND Thursday of Ordinary Time November 17, 2022 WORD of the DAY  As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace– but now it is hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19: 41-44)                                                 How shall I live this Word?   The passage of Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem proposed by today’s liturgy is exclusive to the Gospel of Luke. Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because it did not know how to recognize the time in which it was visited. Will we be able to do it? Will we be able to recognize the time of His visit in our personal life and in history? The lack of conversion, the obstinacy in not recognizing Him, lead to a voluntary blindness that increasingly obscures the vision of the presence of God in life. How much blindness! Let us remember: Jesus cries! not just for Jerusalem, but for all of us. It is a cry full of compassion and love, because Jesus knows how much suffering we experience when we reject Him. And He gives His life, so that we recognize His visit, His presence. Every day the Lord visits us and knocks on our... read more