Eleventh Thursday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 11th Thursday of Ordinary Time June 20, 2019 WORD of the DAY 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 in heaven… (Matthew 6: 7-9) How shall I live this Word? Praying is being myself, finite and open to infinity. Prayer is not made of many words that do not communicate anything. Praying means abiding in God. He is at our door and asks us to come in and dine with us. He knocks insistently. It is up to us to open because the bolt is on our side. He awaits our response as a Father and listens to our requests, which He already knows. He even suggests the words, the meaning of our invocation. It is turning to the Father that Jesus taught us. It is calling God “our Father” in a chorus of brothers and sisters who together feel they are His children and thus can overcome the fatigue and at times, the fear of...

Eleventh Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 11th Tuesday of Ordinary Time June 18, 2019 WORD of the DAY You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust… So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5: 43-48) How shall I live this Word? The words we meditated on yesterday become even more demanding. It is not enough to love our neighbor, all those who are close to us and somehow friends. You need to go further: to love those who are your enemies and try to hurt you. Look with a good eye at those who deceive you and tell lies about you. Endure those who persecute you and discredit you, afflicting you with rudeness and vulgarity. You are even asked to pray for those who hate you. And the term of comparison is very high; the measure of holiness is God...

Eleventh Monday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 11th Monday of Ordinary Time June 17, 2019 WORD of the DAY  You have heard that it was said,  ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on [your] right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.  If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well.     (Matthew 5: 38-40)   How shall I live this Word? The discourse of Jesus is demanding and very far from the rules of the world, from the law of retaliation, which has always seemed to want to regulate justice. Regardless of the hostility His statements will bring Him, the Master instead opens the path of mercy.  And He proposes an alphabet concretized in some actions that can overcome evil with good: do not oppose the wicked.  The first rule is in fact to oppose evil and not those who perform it.  If one hits you on the right cheek, give him the other: availability and tolerance. To those who want to take your tunic, leave...

St. Barnabas Apostle

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD St. Barnabas, Apostle June 11, 2019 WORD of the DAY As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. (Matthew 10: 7-13 ) How shall I live this Word? The life of a Christian is never neutral or insignificant. It may perhaps not shine, not substantiate itself with amazing actions and exceptional gestures, but it certainly stands out due to the unmistakable perfume that it spreads around itself. Words can be few or modest, but every gesture radiates flashes of renewal, attention, proximity, moderation, essentiality, simplicity. Everything speaks of a Christian,...

MARY MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church June 10, 2019 WORD of the DAY When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. (John 19: 25-30 ) How shall I live this Word? In His infinite thirst to embrace the whole of humanity, embracing it around the mercy of God, Jesus deeply drinks the bitter cup of everyone’s sin. His agonizing body reduced to the extreme inaugurates the end of the old order of things and re-establishes everything according to a new law, where the bond of blood is no longer sanctioned by...

Seventh Saturday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Seventh Saturday of Easter Time June 8, 2019 WORD of the DAY He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 28: 30-31 ) How shall I live this Word? We are at the end of reading the Acts and we are at the end of Paul’s story. Amid a thousand troubles he arrived in Rome. He arrived there ‘forced’, and not by his own free will, sent by God. He arrived in chains, a prisoner, because the only way to make that journey was to transform the hatred and opposition of his countrymen and coreligionists who accused him and wanted him in jail and dead. Paul is the means by which the Gospel will reach Rome, then the heart of the world. His chains, his body, therefore his intelligence, his words will bring Jesus beyond the geographical and cultural boundaries of Palestine and will give the experience of Christ’s universality. His prison has walls that constrain him, but they are walls like those of...
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