FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Second Friday of Lent, March 2, 2018
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes”?
(Mt. 21: 43)
How shall I live this Word?
The culture of waste is typical of our times. There has never been so much trash to re-cycle in all of history. We are a society that produces waste and has made of it a business, so many times illegally brought forward. The concept of waste has entered deeply into our mentality and has pervaded not only consumer objects but also people. We are born and can be assimilated into everything that is crushed by the “disposable” logic. The dynamic life-death that characterizes our humanity is interpreted not so much as generative, but as a possibility of selection, of rapid elimination: we are born, we function, we go forward; one is born, one does not function, one is eliminated.
The provocation of Jesus is to propose Himself as waste, to show that what seemed neither sufficient nor efficient turned out to be an indispensable wonder. The waste, the object of elimination, of death reveals its essential importance and uniqueness.
Lord, entire generations of people of our world enter in the logic of waste. They live in sub-human conditions. They do not reach even a minimal level of dignity. They have no home, or sufficient food, or instruction, or any healthcare. They are invisible to our eyes and do not receive any compassion. How can we break our indifference?
The Message of Psalm 31
In You, LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
Free me from the net they have set for me,
for You are my refuge.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Sr. Silvia Biglietti, FMA