Twelfth Saturday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Twelfth Saturday of Ordinary Time June 27, 2020  WORD of the DAY   When he 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 person 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.   (Matthew 8: 5-10) How shall I live this Word? The great lesson offered to us by this Roman soldier – a pagan who understood the spirit of the beatitudes well – had understood that the power of God is far above human faculties, transcends them, and brings them to fulfillment. In...

Twelfth Friday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Twelfth Friday of Ordinary Time June 26, 2020  WORD of the DAY   When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.2And then a leper  approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately.  Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed;  that will be proof for them.   (Matthew 8: 1-4) How shall I live this Word? The first fruit of the mountain discourse is the recognition of one’s own unworthiness, of the sin that has deeply marked us and that makes us repellent, unapproachable. Having disgust of this condition of distance from God is the necessary spring for finding the courage to draw near to Jesus, the achievement of that spiritual poverty that associates us with those who truly listen to the word of God.  Challenging social norms to throw oneself at the feet of Christ is the first step towards salvation. What a surprising revelation,...

Twelfth Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Twelfth Monday of Ordinary Time June 22, 2020 WORD of the DAY “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7: 1-5) How shall I live this Word? The relationship with others always requires the greatest effort on our path of maturation, because the other who is in front of me provokes the reaction of my ego, questions my way of life, and the image I have of myself . How many times do we come to wish not to meet the other, or even that they disappear forever from our sight! … Jesus invites me in any case not to judge, because...

Ninth Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Ninth Saturday of Ordinary Time June 6, 2020 WORD of the DAY He sat down opposite the treasury and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents. Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them, “Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mark 12: 41-44) How shall I live this Word? It is always moving for me to discover in the Gospel of the day the episode of the poor widow, who with extreme humility, almost in absolute silence, regardless of the crowd, slips everything into the treasure of the temple. At least once a year, when I meet this short sacred page in the liturgy, distant memories assail me. I see my mother, also a widow, who when faced with my request to follow Jesus as a religious and, being an only child, to...

Ninth Friday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Ninth Friday of Ordinary Time June 5, 2020 WORD of the DAY But you, remain faithful to what you have learned and believed, because you know from whom you learned it, and that from infancy you have known [the] sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Tm 3: -14-15) How shall I live this Word? From a Roman prison, waiting to be killed for his faith, Paul writes to Timothy, his beloved collaborator. The letter has the character of a spiritual testament and is in fact the last one of the great apostle. Paul exhorts Timothy not to be afraid to suffer for Christ, but to protect the integrity of the Christian message he learned from his childhood. In addition to the formation received in his family, Timothy was able to study the Sacred Scriptures in depth. The sacred texts are authoritative and secure, they communicate the way of salvation that is pursued thanks to faith in Jesus Christ. “All of the Scripture, inspired by God, is also useful for teaching, convincing, correcting, and educating in justice.” Paul’s statement is totalizing and gives...

Ninth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Ninth Wednesday of Ordinary Time June 3, 2020 WORD of the DAY As for the dead being raised, have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God told him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, [the] God of Isaac, and [the] God of Jacob’?  He is not God of the dead but of the living. You are greatly misled.” (Mark 12: 26-27) How shall I live this Word? Within the controversy started some time ago by the adversaries, an absurd, paradoxical case is proposed to Jesus. But also this time the Master takes the opportunity from the situation to bring His interlocutors to sing a hymn to life. With His resurrection, the Son of man clearly told us that there is life after death and this will be eternal life. Certainly there will no longer be the dynamics that we experienced in life on earth and that, at times, have posed questions to us that have been difficult to answer. Beyond that, it will be possible to contemplate God “face to face” and resolve every question in Him. In fact, He is a “God of...
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