Seek God above all else…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday 18 June 2022 11th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life,what you will eat or drink,or about your body, what you will wear. But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,and all these things will be given you besides.(Mt. 6: 25/33) How shall I live this Word?   How much we struggle every day for work, family, home, friends, and it is right to do so, because this is our life. But how many times our attention turns only to what is futile, useless, inconsistent. Jesus calls us to the essential, to what we really need to live because it fills the heart and life. Jesus reminds us of the essential which is He Himself. Let us look for Him and we will be happy, because He is capable of giving answers to our search for meaning, of comforting our tired and saddened hearts, of giving hope to our bored existence without flashes of enthusiasm. Let us seek Him and we will regain the joy we have lost, the dreams we have canceled, the desires we have forgotten. Let us...

Our real TREASURE

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday 17 June 2022 11th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.But store up treasures in heaven,where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. (Mt. 6: 19-21) How shall I live this Word?   It is important to ask ourselves every now and then “where is your treasure?” Where is the thing or person you care about most? Because that’s where our heart will be, our affections, our desires, our dreams, what gives meaning to our life and our choices. Don Bosco’s treasure was the young people and his whole heart was with them because he was ready to make any sacrifice for them. Mother Teresa’s treasure was the poorest, the most abandoned, those without rights and for them she changed her life and she gave it to the full. Chiara Corbella’s treasure was her family and her son, who after so much suffering she carried in her womb, and in order not to harm him, she did not voluntarily...

Our Father…the perfect prayer

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday 16 June 2022 11th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples:“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. (Mt. 6: 7-8) How shall I live this Word?   How many words do we say every day to tell, justify, offend, console, ask, pray? How many words, often useless, vain, sometimes false. How many times even in prayer do we speak, explain, tell without needing it because our God, the Father who is in heaven, knows us and knows what we need, even better and even before we do. Because it is not necessary to clarify to God what we are experiencing to convince Him that we are right and others are wrong. Because it is not necessary to tell Him what others have been up to and explain to Him how He should behave with them. Because it is not necessary to use all the time of our prayer to explain something to the One who knows everything. Instead, it is necessary to...

SEEK only God’s gaze

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday 15 June 2022 11th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  But when you give alms,do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,so that your almsgiving may be secret.And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Mt. 6: 3-4) How shall I live this Word?   In the era of “you exist only if you appear;” “everything you do is true only if it is on social networks;” “you are someone if you have followers;” “to be worth it you must be an influencer.” Jesus asks us to live in humility and silence, making known only to Him the good we do. And this is the reason why, as one sage says, “a falling tree makes more noise than an entire growing forest.” There is so much good, but it makes no noise. Like Simona who raised her children alone by educating them to respect and kindness. Like Said who lost her life at sea to save two children who were drowning in the waves. Like Mattia who, at the age of twelve, helps his father who is still young but suffering from precocious and very...

LOVE EVERYONE, even your enemies…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday 14 June 2022 11th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to his disciples:“You have heard that it was said,You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.But I say to you, love your enemiesand 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. (Matthew 5: 44-45) How shall I live this Word?   How difficult is this Word of the Lord which reminds us that we are all brothers and sisters, children of the same Father, both the good and the bad. And precisely because brothers and sisters, we must take care of everyone and pray for one another, even for those who are our enemies and for those who harm us. But it is not easy to tell those who are fighting to defend their city and their family from an unjust and meaningless war. It is not easy to tell those who have seen harm done to their children, their parents, friends, and are asked to forgive. It is not easy...

Human beings are made for LOVE

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday 13 June 2022 11th Week of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow. (Matthew 5: 42) How shall I live this Word?   “The measure of love is to love without measure”, and this is the only way to be human! One is not human who sees the misery and loneliness of another and does not intervene because … ‘it is not my job!’ One is not human who accumulates for self and does not care for the well-being of others because … I and my interests come first! One is not human who in front of pain turns and goes away because … I don’t want to get my hands dirty! Give to those who ask you; do not turn your back on anyone Jesus tells us. He forces us to review our way of being with others, to manage what we have, to share our time, money, skills, affection. Because if we have these things, we cannot keep them for ourselves but we must give them if we want to be men...