JESUS is the SIGN

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FEBRUARY 24, 2021  First Wednesday of Lent WORD of the DAY  While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.  Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment  the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation  and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here.  At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”                    (Luke 11: 29 – 32) How shall I live this Word?   The wickedness for which Jesus reproaches His contemporaries is not material for the initiation of a judicial procedure, as we would do by claiming legitimate rights. It is the heartfelt cry of the One who has made Himself sincerely in solidarity with...

First Friday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Friday of Ordinary Time 17 January 2020 WORD of the DAY Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.”… he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” (Mark 2: 2- 5/ 11-12) How shall I live this Word? The joyful statement of the people witnesses to the fascination that Jesus exercises with a power that is all in function of the people’s good and it is very great. When was it ever seen that in order to approach...

Fifth Wednesday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Wednesday of Lent, April 10, 2019 WORD of the DAY Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. A slave does not remain in a household forever, but a son always remains. So if a son frees you, then you will truly be free. (John 8: 31-42) How shall I live this Word? Christian discipleship is a progressive awareness of who we really are: as if someone were dusting off an old identity document, seeing each other again with the features of the past and discovering with surprise that the card still has validity. Not a religious tradition, but an existential memory that leads us back to our origin from God the Father, which has been affected and faded by sin. The Son, who...