32nd Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Tuesday of Ordinary Time November 12, 2019 WORD of the DAY “When you have done all you have been commanded say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.” (Luke 17: 10) How shall I live this Word? Here Jesus addresses us with a strong word, but closely linked to the normality of life. The scene that the text presents here concerns the saying and working of a master with his servant. We also take into account the mentality and habits of the time of Jesus. The fact is that, very naturally, the master demands that the servant prepare food. In the life of the Christian it is beautiful that this order is manifested. Yes, God the Creator is a Father who loves us. But, as in well-ordered houses, servants also love the master when he acts like a father. Sometimes we hear complaints and whining from those who always find the day’s commitments heavy. Yet if person does not commit to a just, honest, and good life, their very existence goes to pieces.. Lord, grant me light and good will so that I may clearly see...

32nd Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd Monday of Ordinary Time November 11, 2019 WORD of the DAY “Love justice, you judges of the earth, think of the Lord with goodness of heart and seek Him with a simple heart. He will let Himself be found by those who trust Him .” (Wisdom 1: 1-2)   How shall I live this Word? The justice this passage speaks of is not that of Civil Law. It is rather an atmosphere of conscience and of heart that has welcomed and lives goodness: the one that God Himself pours into us when we relate to Him with simplicity. Warning! Simplicity is never being simplistic or nonsensical but rather the careful and serene search for the will of God in our days. Thus life takes place in the sun of God’s Presence in our thinking and working. Lord, it is consoling for me to think of Your justice, an atmosphere of goodness and of encouragement to choose the good in my thinking and acting. The voice of Nelson Mandela, South African Activist We know what should be done. What is missing is the will to do it. ____________________________________________________________________________ Daughters of Mary Help of...

ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Saturday of Ordinary Time November 9, 2019 Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica WORD of the DAY “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” His disciples recalled the words of scripture, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” (John 2: 16-17) How shall I live this Word? Today we celebrate the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the Pope’s Cathedral, considered to be the mother of all the Churches of Rome and of the world. In 320 D.C. it was donated by Emperor Constantine who had converted to Christianity, to Pope Milziade and was consecrated by Pope Sylvester on November 9, 324. For more than ten centuries it was the See of the Papacy before it was transferred to St. Peter’s. For Christians, this feast is also the occasion to manifest our faith and our attachment to the Pope, the successor of St. Peter. The Gospel reminds us that the temple must be the house of God, the house of prayer, and not a place of business or money. It is not the stones that make the house of God, but the faithful. Thus, this feast leads...

31st Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Thursday of Ordinary Time November 7, 2019 WORD of the DAY The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to him, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” So to them he addressed this parable. “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it? And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.”… In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15: 1-6/10) How shall I live this Word? Jesus reveals to us God’s great joy when a sinner repents, more than for the ninety-nine righteous who have no need for penitence. The also recalls the happiness of the woman who has found her lost drachma. She invites her friends...

31st Monday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Monday of Ordinary Time November 4, 2019 WORD of the DAY Then he said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14: 12-14) How shall I live this Word? In this Gospel Jesus invites us to be generous and gratuitous in our life, not seeking to be repaid for what we can do but rather consider the needs of our neighbor. Meeting the needs of others without expecting something in return for what we do is true charity. Jesus and the saints give us a marvelous example of this charity that places love for others first. Just as we have been helped in our life (by parents, family, friends, and people God has placed beside us), thus we too should...

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time November 3, 2019 WORD of the DAY He came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a...
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