First Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday January 15, 2019 Week 1 of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY In “subjecting” all things [to him], he left nothing not “subject to him”. (Hebrews 2: 8) How shall I live this Word? The Letter to the Hebrews continues today by highlighting the submission of all creation and of all of history to Christ. The incarnation takes the Son from eternity, abases Him, and immerses Him in the limitations of being a creature according to a movement that allows Him to enter the world and thus into a precise time and place. This movement makes eternity invade creation and thus bring it back to its originality. Submission here is to be understood in its authentic meaning and relationship with its origin. Creation that suffers and groans as it awaits redemption and adoption as children sees in Christ the end of its suffering. Lord, help us to avoid making creation suffer uselessly. It’s redemption is with ours and how we commit ourselves to be the prolongation of salvation in our times so that the Gospel may reach every person, that attention may be paid to the environment, love for the plants and...

Monday 1 of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday January 14, 2019 Week 1 of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, in these last days, he spoke to us through the son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe”. (Hebrews 1: 1) How shall I live this Word? We begin the Ordinary Time of the Liturgy again with the Letter to the Hebrews. The first verses remind us of the definitive fulfillment of the revelation of God in Jesus Christ. The history of God’s revelation to humanity begins with His chosen people, is interwoven with the unfolding of the promise, and is accomplished in Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh. The promise is incarnated in the long-awaited Messiah who realizes liberation, builds salvation, and gives it to all people. In Him, the promised gift manifests itself as universal, dedicated to all of humanity, and able to arouse the desire for gift, for the response of every person, of every time. Lord, the Good News of Jesus has gone beyond all boundaries and today is meeting witnesses...

Baptism of the Lord Jesus

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday January 13, 2019 FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD  WORD of the DAY  After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,  heaven was opened  and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased”.    (Luke  3: 21-22)   How shall I live this Word? After being baptized by John, Jesus came out of the waters of the Jordan, and pauses in prayer. In the silence that allows Him to reconnect to the Father, the Father Himself intervenes, breaking a silence that lasted over many centuries and making Himself present to the world, to announce that the Messiah has arrived, a new era opens up.  Even the Holy Spirit manifests Himself in this scene, transforming it into a trinitarian revelation. The Spirit here is in the form of a dove, evoking an ancient testament image that narrated the harmony restored after the universal flood. The words addressed from heaven to Jesus are from Psalm 2: 7, “You are my son, today I have...

Saturday, January 12, 2019

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday January 12, 2019 WORD of the DAY After this, Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing. John was also baptizing in Ennòn near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said, “No one can receive anything except what has been given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said [that] I am not the Messiah, but that I was sent before him. The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens to him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease. (John 3: 22-30) How shall I live this Word? The baptism of...

Thursday, January 10 2019

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday January 10, 2019 WORD of the DAY Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.” And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth....

Tuesday, January 9, 2019

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday January 8, 2019 WORD of the DAY When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late. Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?” He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out they said, “Five loaves and two fish.” So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass. The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties. Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them...
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