ST. FRANCIS DE SALES

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday 24 January 2022 ST. FRANCIS DE SALES WORD of the DAY  The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said of Jesus, “He is possessed by Beelzebub,” and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.” Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables, “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand; that is the end of him. But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house.   Amen, I say to you, all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be forgiven them.But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an everlasting sin.” For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.” (Mark 3: 22-30) How shall I live this Word?   “Who is he?” is the question that accompanies the whole Gospel of Mark and also our life. In the passage proposed...

Seize the Day!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday 23 January 2022 Ordinary Time 3 WORD of the DAY  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.”(Luke 4: 14-21) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee “with the power of the Holy Spirit” received in Baptism. He goes to Nazareth, enters the synagogue, opens the Scriptures. He, the Word made flesh, gives meaning to the Scriptures. He, the Word made...

Forgive from your heart

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday 22 January 2022 Ordinary Time 2 WORD of the DAY  He answered that many of the soldiers had fled the battle and that many of them had fallen and were dead, among them Saul and his son Jonathan… David seized his garments and rent them, and all the men who were with him did likewise.They mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and his son Jonathan. (2 Samuel 1,4: 11-12) How shall I live this Word?   This passage helps us to deepen the reflection of yesterday. If yesterday David respected a proverb, today he puts into practice what we read in the Gospel according to Matthew, “But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Mt 5:44). He did not enjoy the death of Saul who had persecuted him; he suffered so much that he tore his clothes. How do we deal with ‘our enemy’? The one who makes us suffer? The one we cannot we stand? If we love him/her, if we pray for their sake, we should suffer for their misfortunes. Easy to say and difficult to do, only sincere prayer, which starts from our heart, can pave...

Love as Jesus loves you

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday 21 January 2022 Ordinary Time 2 WORD of the DAY  The old proverb says, ‘From the wicked comes forth wickedness.’So I will take no action against you.(1 Samuel 24: 14) How shall I live this Word?   The whole first reading illustrates how David could kill Saul, but he preferred to respect the proverb highlighted above. We can say that he anticipated what Jesus said in the Gospel, “You have understood that it was said: You will love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven; he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and makes it rain on the just and the unjust.” (Mt 5:43-45) And are we able not to harm those who harass us? We often respond to those who annoy us with a grim look, with an annoyed tone. How often do we lose patience in these contexts? Not only with those who harass us, but also in discussions, with those who have opposite opinions to ours, do we manage to...

Gifts for the Common Good

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday 20 January 2022 Ordinary Time 2 WORD of the DAY  When David and Saul approached(on David’s return after slaying the Philistine), women came out from each of the cities of Israel to meet King Saul,singing and dancing, with tambourines, joyful songs, and sistrums.The women played and sang:        Saul has slain his thousands,             and David his ten thousands.(1 Samuel 18: 4-8) How shall I live this Word?   This text warns us of envy and jealousy and can be linked to what we read Sunday in the First Letter to the Corinthians 12:7, “Everyone is given a particular manifestation of the Spirit for the common good …” Each of us receives gifts from the Lord and we must be careful not to envy the gift of others for fear of losing our prestige. Saul didn’t want to lose his kingdom, what about us? What are our kingdoms? Excelling, having an important and striking role, our intellectual abilities, our culture, our habits, etc. Each in their own silence, under the influence of the Spirit, will discover what their own attachments are, their kingdoms, and with His help, we can counter them and avoid being jealous of the...

Trust in the Lord

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday 19 January 2022 Ordinary Time 2 WORD of the DAY  Blessed be the LORD, my rock,            who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war.(Psalm 144 :1) How shall I live this Word?   This verse is intimately connected with what we read in the first reading in “I come to you in the name of the Lord” (1Sam 17: 45). St. Paul also exhorts us, “For the rest, strengthen yourselves in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the armor of God to be able to resist the snares of the devil. Our battle … ” (Eph 6: 10-11). To allow the Lord to train us and let us win in our battles against evil, which is within and around us, we need prayer and worship, as mentioned in the reflection on Monday 17. Our relationship with Christ and Mary Most Holy is fundamental and for us Catholics the prayer of the Rosary has an important role if we live it as a contemplative prayer to Learn Christ from Mary, Conform to Christ with Mary, and Proclaim Christ with Mary, as written by Pope John Paul II in...