FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
WORD of the DAY
He enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread. When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened? (Mark 8: 11-13)
How shall I live this Word?
Once again Jesus, with the intrepid courage of the truth, scolds the Pharisees who are always entangled in the ‘cobwebs’ for their own profit and of continuous lies. I think it is important for us to note how Jesus, always so humble, does not hold back the blameworthy Word with that question that intensifies its meaning: “Are your hearts hardened?”. Here, I think it is important to pass for the scrutiny of this word our feelings, desires, and plans as well.
Lord, the heart hardens when it loses daily contact with the Word of God and when it closes hermetically in the shed of its own egoism without even a sufficient opening for the needs, not only of the people we love, but also of all those who, in Christ, are our brothers and sister.
THE VOICE OF Khalil Gibran, Lebanese Poet
How stupid is he who tries to make up for the hatred in his eyes with the smile on his lips.
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Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA