Second Monday of Ordinary Time

Second Monday of Ordinary Time
20 January 2020

WORD of the DAY

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.” (Mark 2: 19-20)

How shall I live this Word?

As long as they have the groom with them …If the Lord is with us, who can harm us? This is the certainty of our being Christian and this is our deepest joy. And joy must be celebrated, shared, witnessed. We must dance and jump, sing and celebrate for joy. If Jesus is with us we cannot be sad, grumpy, frowning, serious. If Jesus is with us our life, our choices, our desires have meaning and value. As long as the Bridegroom is with us, we cannot fast but we must celebrate; we cannot cry but we must rejoice. If the Bridegroom is with us we cannot lose Him, make Him go away. We must hold on to Him because without Him our life and our testimony have no meaning.

Help us, Lord, to always be cheerful Christians, full of joy, to witness to the world the happiness of being always with You.

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI, Message for World Youth Day XXVII

Sometimes an image of Christianity is painted as a life proposal that oppresses our freedom, which goes against our desire for happiness and joy. But this is not true! Christians are truly happy men and women because they know they are never alone, but always supported by the hands of God! It is above all up to you, young disciples of Christ, to show the world that faith brings true, full, and lasting happiness and joy. And if the way of life of Christians sometimes seems tired and bored, be the first to witness the joyful and happy face of faith. The Gospel is the “good news” that God loves us and that each of us is important to Him. Show the world that it is just like that! ”
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website:
Blog: Comment by Sr. Sandra Bona FMA

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