Heaven…our true Treasure!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 18 JUNE  2021  Friday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.” (Mt 6: 19-23) How shall I live this Word?   Very often we Christians too, in the concreteness of facts, behave like pagans, under the guise of faith we admit and justify the pursuit of our particular interests. For Christ to be truly formed in us, there is a need for every area of our life to be clothed with the newness of the Gospel, for the light of the Word of God to enter even where the dim light of our well-being...

OUR FATHER

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 17 JUNE  2021  Thursday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: ‘Our Father who art in heaven,  hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Mt 6: 7-15) How shall I live this Word?   The ‘Our Father’, summa of every prayer and concrete model of prayer that Jesus Himself left us, reminds us of a ‘scientific’ truth: the mutual dependence that binds us all. No one can claim to be completely free from others, but there is truly an identity that...

Jesus is our Compass

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 16 JUNE  2021  Wednesday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that...

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 16 JUNE  2021  Wednesday 11 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. “When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that...

Simplicity in Speaking

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12 JUNE  2021  Saturday 10 IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY WORD of the DAY  Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow. But I say to you, do not swear at all;  not by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the evil one. (Mt 5: 33-37) How shall I live this Word?   We need a hygiene of words to prevent our considerations from becoming dubious theologies disguised as certainty and devotion. You can’t play with words. The believer should be clear to avoid ‘the more’ that hurts, creates problems, judges, upsets. We are called to know how to say yes and no in the face of truth or falsehood, invited to measure the destructive power that our words can sometimes have, while they should...

SACRED HEART OF JESUS…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 11 JUNE  2021  Friday 10 MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS WORD of the DAY  Since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, for the Sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,  the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken  and they be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first  and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,  they did not break his legs,  but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (Jn 19: 31-37) How shall I live this Word?   The feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus takes us back to the story of the hour of the Cross. Jesus gave His testament to His beloved disciple, His mother. He has already cried out His loneliness by entrusting His spirit into the arms of the Father. The Roman soldiers want to speed up the operation and so they break the legs of the crucified to quicken their...