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29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time October 18, 2020 WORD of the DAY Then the Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap him in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” (Matthew 22: 15-21) How shall I live this Word? The Gospel scene takes place in the Temple of Jerusalem, at the beginning of “Holy Week”. Jesus responds to the provocation addressed to Him by the Pharisees and...

ST. TERESA OF AVILA

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th Thursday of Ordinary Time October 15, 2020 ST. TERESA OF AVILA WORD of the DAY Woe to you! You build the memorials of the prophets whom your ancestors killed. Consequently, you bear witness and give consent to the deeds of your ancestors, for they killed them and you do the building. Therefore, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles; some of them they will kill and persecute’ in order that this generation might be charged with the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who died between the altar and the temple building. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood! Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.” When he left, the scribes and Pharisees began to act with hostility toward him and to interrogate him about many things, for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say. (Luke 11: 47-54) How shall I...

28th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th Tuesday of Ordinary Time October 13, 2020 WORD of the DAY After he had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal. The Lord said to him, “Oh you Pharisees. Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil. You fools! Did not the maker of the outside also make the inside? But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.” (Luke 11: 37-41) How shall I live this Word? The feeling of astonishment of the Pharisee awakened by the new, extraordinary, unexpected thing he sees, this Jesus who does not perform the ablutions before the meal, is not a joy for Jesus. The real wonder for Jesus is a quality of the eye and of the heart before doing or not doing something. The real wonder shines through a pure heart, a free heart, a pure mind without double ends that generates openness towards others, detachment from...

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th  Sunday of Ordinary Time October 11, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Jesus again in reply spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast  for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves are fattened, the cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast’.’” Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them…Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find…Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22: 1-7a/8-9/14) How shall I live this Word? Why not accept a wedding invitation? What causes a crisis within us to accept the invitation to enter the climate that celebrates “the need to love...

OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 27th Wednesday of Ordinary Time OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY October 7, 2020 WORD of the DAY He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say Father, hallowed be your name.” (Luke 11: 1-2a) How shall I live this Word? When you pray, say “Father” because prayer can only be that of children who recognize in the Almighty Lord the Father who gave them life and loves them from eternity. Prayer can only be that of children who know they need a Father who supports them and accompanies them on the roads of life, and they turn to Him with trust and love. Prayer can only be that of children who feel themselves fragile and needy creatures and turn to their Creator in the certainty that He and only He will be able to help them. Prayer can only be that of children who, in the face of difficulties and obstacles, after having done all they could do, curl up on their father’s...

27th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 27th Tuesday of Ordinary Time October 6, 2020 WORD of the DAY As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42) How shall I live this Word? Today’s Gospel passage always puts us in crisis and makes us reflect, what is the better part, the one thing necessary? Is it to contemplate and not to act? To pray instead of acting? Listening instead of involving ourselves? Are we sure that we need to read this Gospel with this dualism and antagonism? Is it not instead that the better part is to live all...