30th Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 30th Saturday of Ordinary Time October 31, 2020 WORD of the DAY On a Sabbath he went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. He told a parable to those who had been invited, noticing how they were choosing the places of honor at the table. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not recline at table in the place of honor. A more distinguished guest than you may have been invited by him, and the host who invited both of you may approach you and say, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then you would proceed with embarrassment to take the lowest place. Rather, when you are invited, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.’ Then you will enjoy the esteem of your companions at the table. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14: 1, 7-11) How shall I live this Word? Jesus tells the...

Third Saturday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Saturday of LENT March 21, 2020 WORD of the DAY The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.’ But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ (Luke 18, 11-13) How shall I live this Word? Even the exponents of Greek-Latin literature have taken a critical position towards the presumptuous person. The Word of Jesus strongly denounces the ‘existential lie’ of those who believe themselves and claim to be honest, good, rich in human virtues. What is striking is this pseudo-security of being better than others. This figure presented by Jesus effectively expresses the shadow of those who play at believing themselves not only fully honest, but superior to all: true models of successful humanity and instead, are just the opposite. What Jesus says also hits the mark today, because we...

Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time February 13, 2020 WORD of the DAY  From that place he went off to the district of Tyre.  He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice.  Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet.  The woman was a Greek, a Syro-phoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.  He said to her, “Let the children be fed first.  For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”  She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”  Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”  When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.    (Mark 7: 24-30) How shall I live this Word? Jesus leaves Galilee and is in pagan territory. His desire was to go unnoticed, but He cannot: Jesus is known, sought,...

The Danger of Pride and the Power of Humility

Let’s begin this reflection on humility as the foundation of virtue with a reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians: Though he was in the form of God, [Jesus] did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in […] Source: The Danger of Pride and the Power of...