I am uniquely loved by Jesus!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday 24 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time MOST SACRED HEART OF JESUS WORD of the DAY  Jesus addressed this parable to the Pharisees and scribes: “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 joyand, 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.’ I tell you, in just the same waythere will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”        (Luke 15: 57-3-7) How shall I live this Word?   It seems obvious what Jesus says, but the truth is another. No one would put ninety-nine sheep at risk to go in search of a single lost one. What is not taken for granted for us is obvious for God. Each of us is that lost sheep and sooner or later finds ourself lost, therefore it...

A new Prophet

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday 23 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST WORD of the DAY  When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So, they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”and all were amazed. (Luke 7: 57-66/80) How shall I live this Word?   Today the Church asks us to stop and contemplate the birth of John who will see his life intimately linked to that of Jesus. The birth of John, in fact, prepares us for the newness of God who becomes man. In the fact of his birth, we find the whole life of John: conversion and...

Gestures of Tenderness please God

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday 22 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples:“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing,but underneath are ravenous wolves.By their fruits you will know them.Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?Just so, every good tree bears good fruit,and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.A good tree cannot bear bad fruit,nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut downand thrown into the fire.So by their fruits you will know them.” (Matthew 7: 15-20) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus has always distanced Himself from an attitude that is widespread in every form of religiosity: the risk of being tied to the exterior, of making the adventure of discipleship a job, the passion of conversion and new life into an image. The solution that Jesus proposes to the disciples is to look at the fruits, a simple way to be able to measure our faith and our pastoral care. We might therefore ask ourselves what has changed in our lives over the years by recognizing the transformation that...

Enter the Gate to Life

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday 21 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples:“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.This is the Law and the Prophets.“Enter through the narrow gate;for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,and those who enter through it are many.How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.And those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7: 6/ 12-14) How shall I live this Word?   We are called to judge ourselves and others as God does to us: with kindness and authenticity. The disciples, before judging others, look to their own limitations, recognize the beam that prevents them from seeing well … But, at the same time, they know how to distinguish those around them well. We are called to be authentic and frank, welcoming and available, simple but also prudent and vigilant in order to remain realistic. There are people with whom it is impossible to speak effectively about...

SHOW MERCY…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday 20 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples:“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.” (Matthew 7: 1-5) How shall I live this Word?   Fr. Oreste Benzi often said that persons are not their mistakes. Not judging in today’s Gospel does not mean turning off the intelligence of reasoning and avoiding condemning evil. This mistake would be worse than the first. It is called indifference. The indifferent is the one who thinks that since millions of others do their part, it is useless to do their part, so nothing will change, neither for worse nor for better. Indifference cancels responsibility and will, except to accuse all. The Christians of whom the Gospel speaks are responsible for their own acts and those of others. But you have to stop judging these. We cannot identify sin with the sinner, a person with their error; or rather, we must always give the sinner the possibility to redeem self from sin. This means not to judge. Sometimes...

SHARE GOD’S GIFTS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday 19 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time Most Holy BODY and BLOOD of CHRIST WORD of the DAY  Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions;for we are in a deserted place here.” He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves.”They replied, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people.” Now the men there numbered about five thousand.  (Luke 9: 11-17) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus takes the five loaves and the two fish into great consideration, although they represented too little to feed five thousand people. But He doesn’t consider them a trivial matter. He wants to tell us that a little can work miracles.  The disciples say to send the crowd to buy food but Jesus uses another verb, “give them”, share. It is the verb ‘to share’ that can...