FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
30th Friday of Ordinary Time
November 1, 2019
SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS DAY
WORD of the DAY
When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying… Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
(Matthew 5: 1-2/12)
How shall I live this Word?
Holiness is a simple goal, affordable for everyone, proposed to every person who wants to live their Christian choice in a coherent way. Rejoice, be glad Jesus tells us today. Be happy as you fully live your life, without wasting even a moment, without turning back when others call to you to be with them, or when they ask for help or want your opinion. Be happy when you try to do your best in accomplishing your duty, even when it is heavy and tiring. Be happy laughing, crying, suffering; be joyful with everything. Be happy without fearing the judgment of others nor to say the truth even when this is uncomfortable. Be happy even when you must pay a personal price. But be happy because this is the only way to realize God’s dream for you and to build His Kingdom. So be happy…you will truly be holy.
Lord, what fear we have to dive into life, to live our call to holiness in depth, to give ourselves completely to a Plan greater than ours…Yours. Help us to be holy like You, O God, most holy!
The voice of Pope Francis
We are all called to walk on the path of holiness and this path has a name and a face, that of Jesus. In the Gospel, He shows us the road, that of the Beatitudes. In fact, the Kingdom of Heaven is for those who do not place their security in things but in God’s love. It is for those who have a simple, humble heart and do not pretend to be righteous and do not judge others. It is for those who know how to suffer with those who suffer and to rejoice with those who rejoice. It is for those who are not violent, but merciful and who seek to be the artificers of reconciliation and of peace.
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