Who is Jesus for me?

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 29 JUNE 2024   SATURDAY X11 SAINTS PETER & PAUL WORD of the DAY  When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so, I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16: 13-19) How shall I live this Word?    The liturgy of today’s feast invites us to celebrate simultaneously the faith of Peter, his confession...

BE LIKE JESUS…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28 JUNE 2024   FRIDAY X11 WORD of the DAY  When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it.  Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”                      (Matthew 8: 1-4) How shall I live this Word?    Jesus comes down from the mountain. We know that the mountain is one of the special places that He chooses to be in the presence of the Father and to enter into a relationship with Him. These are extremely necessary moments that Jesus chooses to live in solitude with the Father, nourishing His filial relationship do not distance Him from others rather, but allow Him to live in fullness the mission for which He was sent. Coming down from the mountain, many people followed Him. Why does the crowd choose to follow Jesus?...

Build your life on JESUS…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 27 JUNE 2024   THURSDAY X11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’ “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” When Jesus finished these...

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 26 JUNE 2024   WEDNESDAY X11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.”                (Matthew 7: 15-20) How shall I live this Word?    Nature is our teacher. Jesus often uses images of nature to help us understand an important message. The whole Bible is rich in images taken from nature, eloquent and effective in transmitting to us a content of faith.  “By their fruits you will recognize them “; “if the branch does not bear fruit …” Certainly, we cannot judge the human heart; it is known only to God. However, works (fruits) can be a revealing clue in witnessing to who we are and...

DO UNTO OTHERS…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 25 JUNE 2024   TUESDAY X11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7: 6/12-14) How shall I live this Word?    “Whatever you want others to do to you, you also do to them: for this is the Law and the Prophets.” This statement would be enough to restore peace to the world! It is the golden rule that encapsulates in itself all possible wisdom about behavior among people. A teaching contained in different cultures, religions, and traditions; it is the basis of all authentically human values. How many times have we looked for a sure compass that would show us the...

His name is JOHN – GIFT OF GOD!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 24 JUNE 2024   MONDAY X11 BIRTH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST 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...