Time of Expectancy

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT November 29, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.  It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.  Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning.  May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”                (Mark 13: 33-37) How shall I live this Word?   Never as in this period of health emergency, in this time of insecurity and fear, has the beginning of Advent and the call to vigilance been so strong and full of meaning. Stay awake, you who are in mourning, grief, and desolation, you who greet your elders and do not know if you will see them again, watch and pray because the Lord is here, close to us and does not leave us alone. Watch, you who do not see the end of...

Wait for the Lord

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 34th Saturday of Ordinary Time November 28, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise  like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.      (Luke 21: 34-36) How shall I live this Word?   We have reached the end of the liturgical year, the season of Advent begins tomorrow. The invitation that Jesus once again addresses to His followers is vigilance to be ready to welcome Him at the moment of His return. “Watch … be careful … that your hearts do not become heavy”. The Desert Fathers, great spiritual teachers of the first centuries, argued that there can be no prayer without vigilance of the heart. Vigilance in turn goes hand in hand with attention. They are two attitudes that are deeply linked to each other. Let’s try to verify the heaviness of our heart!...

Stand erect

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 34th Thursday of Ordinary Time November 26, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city… People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.            (Luke 21: 21/26-28) How shall I live this Word?   The readings of these days continue to speak of the end of time, of the eschatological time: a time in which the Lord will reign over His people. Faced with the chaos of catastrophic events, wars, famines, political instability, the Lord tells us “Stand erect and raise your heads, your redemption is at hand”.  It is a clear invitation to cultivate an attitude of strong hope, an invitation to stop looking only at the difficulties of the present but looking at the beauty of...

Live the present moment

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 34th Tuesday of Ordinary Time November 24, 2020 WORD of the DAY  While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, he said, “All that you see here—the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’* Do not follow them!  When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.(Luke 21: 5-11) How shall I live this Word?   The relevance of this Word of Jesus could frighten and worry us! The pandemic we are...

BE READY…

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd   Friday of Ordinary Time November 13, 2020 WORD of the DAY  On that day, a person who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise a person in the field must not return to what was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. (Luke 17: 31-33) How shall I live this Word? Today’s Gospel continues the reflection of recent days on the coming of the end times and presents us with Jesus’ indications on how to prepare for the coming of the Kingdom. At that time it was a matter that sparked many discussions. Today it is not a topic that touches us very much. Rather it leaves us indifferent, worried about something else. Life goes by normally: eating, drinking, getting married, buying, selling, taking care of oneself, enjoying. Routine can envelop us so much that we can’t think of anything else. And consumerism contributes to increasing in many of us this total inattention to the deeper dimension of life. Lately, however, the event...