Only love matters.



WORD of the DAY 

Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, “Master, who is the one who will betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus said to him, “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?  You follow me.” So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just “What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours?”      (John 21: 20-22)

How shall I live this Word?  

How much curiosity do we show in our daily life about those who live close to us, curiosities often disguised as interest and care for the other, but dictated by the deep and morbid need to know and to enter into the life and choices of others: “What concern is it of yours?”. How many jealousies we feel for what others do, for their successes and their victories; how much envy for their promotions and their affirmations, how many comparisons with our life. “What concern is it of yours?”. How many evaluations, how many words, how many half sentences we say about others, and how much harm we do with our continuous judging and labeling … “What concern is it of yours?” Jesus reminds us of what is essential, following Him, the choice to be with and like Him, the decision to live according to the Gospel, the rest is useless. Jesus asks us not to judge or criticize, to be true with ourselves and with others, to always express our real feelings, and to be free from prejudice and resentment, the rest is useless. Jesus asks us to take off our masks, to appear for what we are in depth, with our limits and our frailties … and after all, everything else, “what concern is it of ours?”

Lord, help us to  love You and all others with a love that does not judge, nor criticize, nor condemn, and is not jealous of anyone.

The Voice of  Fr. Rossano Sala, Theologian

What concern is it of yours? ” This is a question against ‘curiosity’, against murmuring, against words and thoughts that are useless and harmful to our lives. Against the search for something other than the gifts that we already have and that too many times we do not value and of which we are not even aware. Everyone has their own gifts from God, and the great temptation is to look at the gifts that God has given to others while forgetting those gifts that He has given us.


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