Let us be ‘out of our mind’ for JESUS!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 21, 2023   Second SATURDAY of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3: 20 -21) How shall I live this Word?   “He is out of His mind.” How many times do we hear or use this expression, more or less truthful, attributed to people who are incapable of reasoning, of controlling themselves due to strong emotions, of anger; to people who express harsh words, of rage. Today we hear this sentence attributed to Jesus. The verse tells of such a crowd so large that it did not allow Jesus and His disciples even to eat. Of someone who manages to catalyze the attention of a crowd so large that you can think or say that he is out of his mind? And if he’s out of His mind, what is that crowd? Some verses preceding this, heard on Thursday, say: “Indeed He had healed many, so that all who had some...

Jesus loves all of us.

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 20, 2023   Second FRIDAY of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons: He appointed the Twelve: Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.                (Mark 3: 13-19) How shall I live this Word?   “…He called to Himself those He wanted”. He called the ones He wanted. It is almost natural to ask ourself, why only twelve? And the others? The number twelve represents the twelve patriarchs, the twelve tribes of Israel, that is, all the people. These twelve represent all of us. The expression ‘Those He wants’ indicates those He loves. And Jesus loves everyone and in these twelve He calls everyone. As in the twelve patriarchs of Israel there are...

WISDOM of God guide me.

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 19, 2023   Second THURSDAY of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him, they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.    (Mark 3: 7-12) How shall I live this Word?   In the midst of his evangelizing activity, Jesus needs rest, needs to retreat with His family and the Father. The crowd looks for Him, asks for more and more, and risks crushing Him. While not refusing to give Himself, He asks for time to return to Himself and relate to the Father. He...

Do good always!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 18, 2023   Second Wednesday of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.    (Mark 3: 1-6) How shall I live this Word?   Today’s Gospel passage offers us an eloquent application of the principle enunciated by Jesus in the pericope heard yesterday: “the Son of man is also lord of the Sabbath”. It is evident that in the scene there are two paralytics: the man healed...

LOVE must have the last word.

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 17, 2023   Second Tuesday of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain. At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”                    (Mark 2: 23-28) How shall I live this Word?   One of the biggest problems that afflicted the religiosity of the Jews at the time of Jesus, even in our times, was the religious legalism typical of the Pharisees. More than the content, attention was paid to external observance. And it is for this reason...

JESUS is our JOY!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 16, 2023   Second Monday   of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to Jesus and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.” (Mark 2: 18-22) How shall I live this Word?   “The Bridegroom is with them”; this certainty changes the whole life of the believer. Christians do not fast like John, who waits for the Messiah, or...