TRUST GOD

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 28, 2022    FIRST MONDAY OF ADVENT WORD of the DAY  When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”   He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”   The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”                                               (Matthew 8:5-11) How shall I live this Word?   These are the words we usually use before meeting Christ in the Eucharist....

WAIT…Your Lord will come!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 27, 2022    FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away. So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”                                                ...

LIVE in CHRIST JESUS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 25, 2022   34th Friday WORD of the DAY  Then I saw thrones; those who sat on them were entrusted with judgment. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshiped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands. They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Rev 20:4a) How shall I live this Word?   In this passage, we find two categories of people, the beheaded and those who had not received the mark of the beast on their forehead and hand. We are the beheaded when we do not act on the basis of our own heads (full of selfishness, pride, etc.), but try to conform ourselves to Jesus and put into practice what is written in the Gospel of Luke 11:28, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and observe it!” We are the people who do not have the mark of the beast on their forehead and on their hand when we think (mark on the forehead) and...

We belong to Him…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 24, 2022   34th Thursday WORD of the DAY  Shout joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. Know that the LORD is God, he made us, we belong to him, we are his people, the flock he shepherds. (Psalm:100) How shall I live this Word?   The end of the third verse of the psalm brings us back to the beginning of Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I will lack nothing”. A concept reaffirmed in a thought by Saint Teresa of Avila which has become the famous song, Let nothing upset you, nothing is missing, God alone is enough. If we have everything in God, we can only serve Him joyfully and our joy will be complete (cf. Jn 15:11). Unfortunately, it happens that the worries of the world take away our joy by giving us sadness (Cf. 2 Cor 7:10). It is necessary to have the courage to stop and return to the center of our heart, where the Lord dwells. To return to joy, we can also repeat over and over one of the above Bible verses, or another analogous, just...

LORD, guide me!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 23, 2022   34th Wednesday WORD of the DAY  Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. (Luke 21:14- 15)                                                  How shall I live this Word?   Generally, every time we have to face a difficulty, that we have to defend ourselves from something or someone, we begin to devise all possible strategies by continuing to hypothesize which might be the best and so worry and anxiety grow in us. Today, in a more current and common language, the Lord would tell us, “Don’t keep thinking about it, I will give you the word and wisdom at the right time.” But the mind escapes us and we keep racking our brains to plan defense. To try to avoid this trap and follow the teachings of Jesus, we must try to get back in touch with Him in some way, abandon ourselves totally to Him knowing that we are not the masters of our history. If He gives us wisdom at the right time, it means that His Presence is real in...

ABANDON ALL for the KINGDOM

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 22, 2022   34th Tuesday WORD of the DAY  Another angel came out of the temple, crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud, “Use your sickle and reap the harvest, for the time to reap has come, because the earth’s harvest is fully ripe.” (Apoc. 14: 15)                                                  How shall I live this Word?   The time we are living in today is an intermediate time, waiting for the day when the Lord will sit on the throne of glory (cf. Mt 25:31) to gather the fruit, when He will separate the goats from the sheep. We are in this intermediate time in which our commitment is to actualize the “Your kingdom come, Your will be done” (Our Father) so that we can participate in the wedding feast (see “The kingdom of heaven is like a king, who made a wedding feast…” in Matthew 22) along with as many people as we know. Quite a commitment. St. Paul tells us how in the letter to the Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but let yourselves be transformed by renewing your way of thinking, in order...