COME, LORD JESUS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FOURTH SUNDAY of ADVENT December 20, 2020 WORD of the DAY  In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”  But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”    (Luke 1: 26-34) How shall I live this Word?   The Annunciation always remains a Mystery, in fact it is mysterious how the Infinite can enter the finite. It is mysterious how the...

HOLY THURSDAY

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD HOLY THURSDAY April 9, 2020 WORD of the DAY Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over… So when he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?” (John 13: 1-2/12) How shall I live this Word? After Jesus had washed the feet of His apostles, He asks them if they have understood what He has done. It does not take a lot to understand this gesture, a simple and clear gesture of service, of love for others, an invitation to place ourselves at the service of those who live alongside us in an unconditional way. Why does Jesus ask them if they have understood? Perhaps it was another gesture that Jesus wanted us to understand and not this one. When Jesus gets up from the table, He puts aside His garments,...