32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time November 8, 2020 WORD of the DAY Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour. (Matthew 25: 11-13) How shall I live this Word? The ten virgins depict the Christian community awaiting the coming of Christ. The delay of the bridegroom recalls the return of Christ to earth at the end of the world to judge the living and the dead, His sudden arrival is the unexpected coming of the Parousia, of the final judgment. The parable is located precisely in this perspective. Ten virgins, a figure of the church called to present herself to Christ as a chaste virgin, take the lamps to go out to meet the Bridegroom, who comes to celebrate the eternal wedding with the whole of humanity. At the center of it all is a wedding banquet. A solemn wedding dinner to which we are all invited and is an image of the end of the world and of God’s...

BIRTH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD BIRTH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST June 24, 2020  WORD of the DAY   When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son.  Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.  When they came on the eighth day to circumcise  the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,  but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.”  But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”  So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.  He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God.  Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea.  All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be?” For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and...

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER TIME

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIFTH SUNDAY of EASTER TIME May 10, 2020 WORD of the DAY Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14: 5-7) How shall I live this Word? Jesus came to make the Father visible: in Him God has an image in which to mirror Himself, to whom to entrust the reverberation of his glory. The distance between the infinite and the finite is filled by the flesh of Christ, Mediator between heaven and earth. The words of this gospel provoke the refined intelligence to daring philosophical flights. For our part, among the absent lines of an unwritten testament, with the intelligence of the soul, we invoke the most modest grace to read a presence. Not words, not a thought, but a desire: He who has always been looking for us, expresses the language of love....

FOURTH TUESDAY OF EASTER TIME

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FOURTH TUESDAY of EASTER TIME May 5, 2020 WORD of the DAY So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify to me. But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.    (John 10: 24 b-30) How shall I live this Word? “There is no one more deaf than one who wants to be! ” says the proverb. Even in front of the evidence, they always find a justification for continuing to believe in their thoughts, their ideas, until they worship them as idols. Believe it or not, it is...

Tenth Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 10th Thursday of Ordinary Time St. Anthony of Padua June 13, 2019 WORD of the DAY I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven. “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you...

30th Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day “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…Rather…go and take the last lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position…For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted’. ”      (Luke 14: 1, 7-11) How should we live this Word  Today’s Gospel presents Jesus as an acute observer, as one who is amusing Himself as He contemplates the scene of the guests in competition among themselves to take the first places.  He uses this occasion to create a parable that places humility at the center, not only as a rule of etiquette, but as a fundamental law of the Kingdom. The Lord emphasizes an aspect of Christian holiness that is unexpected and that we can state this way: to ascend in holiness we must descend!  Jesus tells us that the road ascending to perfection in reality is...