Be perfect

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FEBRUARY 27, 2021  First Saturday of Lent WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”          (Matthew 5: 43- 48) How shall I live this Word?   To those who have the courage, patience, and good fortune to listen to Jesus more closely, to those who can listen to His voice with all sincerity and an open heart, to those who do not fall into the illusion of believing that they already know everything and continue to climb...

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time October 25, 2020 WORD of the DAY When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them [a scholar of the law] tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22: 34-40) How shall I live this Word? What is the great commandment in the Law? They had asked Jesus for the greatest commandment, He lists two. The real novelty does not consist in having added the love of neighbor as it was a well-known precept of the ancient Law, but in the fact that the two words together, ‘God and neighbor’, form a single word, a single commandment. The second is similar to the first: you will love others is similar to you will love God. The neighbor is...

29th Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 29th Monday of Ordinary Time October 19, 2020 WORD of the DAY Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’ But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for the one who stores...

27th Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 27th Monday of Ordinary Time October 5, 2020 WORD of the DAY There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”. (Luke 10: 25-29) How shall I live this Word? Who is my neighbor? This is an important and serious question, even for a lawyer who knows and shows he knows the scriptures. Because loving is a beautiful word, a feeling that involves and moves us but which makes no sense if we don’t define who the loved one is. Because it is not true love if you do not think of clear and defined people, alive and close. Because...

FIFTH FRIDAY OF EASTER TIME

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIFTH FRIDAY OF EASTER TIME May 15, 2020 WORD of the DAY I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and 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: 15-17) How shall I live this Word? The words of Jesus contained in today’s Gospel are the summary of His message. In a clear and definitive way He unveils the messianic secret, revealing to the true disciples, those who remain with Him, the aim and the full realization of every human life. It is to open oneself to others, getting rid of that often impenetrable armor, that incrustation cemented with sin, the fear to love. We see this in the various growth stages of children. Human beings grow in self-understanding and of the reality that surrounds them at the moment they...