Second Thursday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Thursday of LENT March 12, 2020 WORD of the DAY There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. (Luke 16: 19-20) How shall I live this Word? Every time Jesus has something important to communicate, He creates a story and tells a parable. Thus, with a narration He leads His listeners to discover the plan of God for their life. A parable is told to help us think and reflect. Through the simple words of a story made of facts and real people, we can reach the deepest meaning of our life choices. In the parable of today’s Gospel, three people appear: the poor Lazarus, the unnamed rich man, and Father Abraham. In the story, Abraham represents the thought of God. The nameless rich man represents the dominant ideology of the time. Lazarus represents the silent cry of the poor at the...

FIRST MONDAY OF ADVENT

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIRST MONDAY OF ADVENT December 2, 2019 WORD of the DAY He shall judge between the nations, and set terms for many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD! (Isaiah 2: 4-5) How shall I live this Word? This prophecy of Isaiah is very beautiful, cultivating in us not only the theological virtue of faith but also those of hope and charity. The prophet gives us a glimpse of an age in which the instruments of war will disappear and God’s plan will triumph: the true good of individuals and peoples which is peace. Lord, give me a heart that forgives easily. Convert me to true goodness. Always respecting my person and that of others, let me look for and encourage everything that makes me an ‘ally’ of all those who seek collaboration and communion in building your Kingdom of peace. The voice of Bishop Antonio Bello To love, the verb die means to decentralize. Get out...

26th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 26th Tuesday of Ordinary Time October 1, 2019 St. Theresa of the Child Jesus WORD of the DAY When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” (Luke 9: 51-56) How shall I live this Word? The scene is lively: the decisive direction of Jesus is towards Jerusalem: place of His mystery of death and resurrection. The road crossed a country inhabited by the Samaritans, hostile to the Jews for centuries. In fact, the inhabitants did not want to let Jesus pass among them because he was directed to the city of enmity. We seem to see the two disciples, James and John, and to hear them turn to the Lord asking Him to send down fire from heaven and consume them. The appeal with two...