Be merciful, Lord

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 13, 2021  Third Saturday of Lent WORD of the DAY  But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’  (Luke 9:13) How shall I live this Word?    In us both souls coexist: we are both like the Pharisee, but also, in some corner of our conscience, the tax collector breathes in us. The Pharisee before God, stands as one who justifies himself and considers others nothing. Therefore he is not really before God, but before himself, placing himself one step higher than the others. Even when he gives thanks, he is at the center, he always looks in the mirror. Let us pay attention to the point where the parable of Jesus touches precisely our way of being. When just saying ‘I’ separates me and contrasts me with all the others, when I separate to measure myself against others, I am out of the justice of the Gospel. On the contrary, the tax collector stands before God at a distance, feeling identified with the sin of the world:...

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FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD THIRD TUESDAY of ADVENT December 15, 2020 WORD of the DAY  What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’  He said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They answered, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.    (Matthew 21: 28-32) How shall I live this Word?   The parable is all about the sons’ response to the father. The first says “I don’t feel like it” and then, in fact, he goes to work in the vineyard. The second replies “I’m going to work in the vineyard”, but...