SALVATION for ALL

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 8, 2021  Third Monday of Lent WORD of the DAY  But he passed through the midst of them and went away. (Luke 4:30) How shall I live this Word?   Religious fanaticism, claiming to have the keys to access God on one’s own, kills prophecy. It is the experience of all prophets, already in the first Covenant. But Jesus overturns this logic of death: He makes it an opportunity to open the Word of salvation to all peoples. “He passed through the midst of them and went away.”  In this very dense symbolic expression, we see already profiled the opening of the Gospel to gentiles and the history of persecutions that make the Church of Christ take root and flourish in every foreign land. Jesus, who in the proclamation of the Kingdom of God, immediately underwent the trial of mistrust and rejection, help us to mature in the Spirit the freedom of the disciples of the Gospel. You live and support us on the journey, now and forever. The Voice of  Silvano Fausti, SJ I never cease to be amazed: why did Luke begin his Gospel like this? This is the first...

FAITH ILLUMINES ALL

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 7, 2021  Third Sunday of Lent WORD of the DAY  When he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the Scripture and the word Jesus had spoken. (John 2:22) How shall I live this Word?   It is the first of the three Easters of Jesus narrated by the fourth Gospel, Easter ‘of the Jews’. We walk towards His Passover: Jesus delivered for us and risen. The mystery of His body given (“destroy this temple, I will raise it up”) and His blood shed, dissolves all religiosity based on a ‘market’ mentality with God.  I give You this and You give me… It reveals as it regenerates, the bond with God made by the remembrance of the Word: “they remembered that He had said this and they came to believe.”  As for the first disciples, in the light of the Word read daily on the living body of Jesus, crucified and risen, everything in our life, the life of every human being, is illuminated with meaning..” Lord our God, who in the body of Your beloved Son offered for our salvation,...

Our Compassionate Father

WORD of the DAY  So he got up and went back to his father.While he was still a long way off,his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion.He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20) How shall I live this Word?   It has always been called the Parable of the Prodigal Son or, according to a new translation more suited to the new generations, the parable of the spendthrift son. But when we carefully read the story narrated by Jesus we understand that the protagonist of this page of the Gospel is not the son who goes away claiming to want everything he deserves. Nor is it the story of the brother who is all home and work. Instead, the father is at the center. A father ‘other’ than earthly fathers, “because he responds to the request of his younger son by letting him go, without admonishing him, without contradicting him, without warning him. “Is there such a father among us humans? No! We are therefore immediately led to see in this father the Father, that is, God Himself, the only one who leaves us free in the face of the...

JESUS is the Cornerstone

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 5, 2021  Second Friday of Lent WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them.  (Matthew  21/42-43) How shall I live this Word?   Some exegetes identify this parable of the vineyard as a parable of human history. The history of men and women produces waste daily, which is eliminated along with human lives themselves. But that same garbage that is discarded is taken up by God as the cornerstone of a mysterious construction that is His kingdom. Humans throw everything away, to the point of throwing away God, throwing everything away and God recovers everything. It is the story that in some way each of us can experience, day after day. We often feel useless, incapable, discarded. Faced...

TRUST GOD ALONE

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 4, 2021  Second Thursday of Lent WORD of the DAY  I, the Lord, alone probe the mind and test the heart, To reward everyone according to his ways, according to the merit of his deeds. (Jer  17: 10) How shall I live this Word?   It is a Lenten homily by Pope Francis that we propose as a comment on the words of Jeremiah. Today’s first reading (Jeremiah 17: 5-10) begins with a curse: “Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings.” Also “in other passages of the Bible there is the same curse, perhaps with other words”, such as: “Cursed is the man who trusts in himself”. The person who trusts only in his own strength is always defined as ‘cursed,’ because he carries a curse within himself. Instead, the Pope continued, remarking on the ‘the contrast’, “blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord”, because – as we read in Scripture – “He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It fears not the heat when it comes,  its leaves stay green; In the year of drought it shows...

Understanding Jesus

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 3, 2021  Second Wednesday of Lent WORD of the DAY  As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” (Matthew  20: 17- 19) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus and his disciples are going up to Jerusalem. It is an uphill road not only physically, but also spiritually. The hour of the Passion is approaching. The  discourse the Teacher has to give to His chosen ones is very difficult.  That is why he ‘takes them aside’ and speaks to them of the torture and death He will have to face in Jerusalem. But His very close and intimate followers do not understand what is happening. Suffering does not agree with their idea of ​​the Messiah. At this point, the request from the mother of...