Jesus is alive!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 18, 2021  EASTER SUNDAY 3 WORD of the DAY  While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” But they were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish; he took it and ate it in front of them.                            (Luke 24: 36-42) How shall I live this Word?   The bells continue to ring, there remains that suspended, festive atmosphere that gently envelops these days when we heard the Easter announcement ringing again. The strange restlessness of unpublished facts heard about has not subsided. The body of Jesus is not found,...

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...

30th Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 30th Monday of Ordinary Time October 26, 2020 WORD of the DAY He was teaching in a synagogue on the Sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the Sabbath day from this bondage?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated; and the whole crowd rejoiced...