Twelfth Monday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday June 25, 2018      Week Twelve of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  Stop judging, that you may not be judged.  For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.   (Matthew 7: 1-3)  How shall I live this Word? The Master is peremptory: “Do not judge!” On the fact of expressing negative evaluations towards others, He uses the present imperative. There is no way out. Do not judge! It is the order that Jesus gives us to live our relationship with our sisters and brothers with the love of God. One must not judge for two reasons: first, my judgment weighs negatively on the other and conditions it so much that it causes it to be as I see it.  Secondly, what I judge in another is directed towards me, and I find myself, perhaps without knowing it, becoming the way I see the other. On the contrary, the Lord Jesus asks us to have a positive gaze, to grasp the gifts that He himself has bestowed on my  brother or sister; to thank Him for how much...

Fifth Friday of Easter

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Friday of Easter, May 4, 2018  WORD of the DAY   It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities, namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols, from blood, from meats of strangled animals, and from unlawful marriage. If you keep free of these, you will be doing what is right.    (Acts 15: 28-29)   How shall I live this Word? We are at the beginning of Christianity.  Peter, who was elected as the guide of the Church by Christ Himself, accepts the collaboration of Paul and Barnabas and together they distance themselves from a certain rigidity that was beginning to infiltrate among the first converts.  Their proposal is that of a simple and strong life, without any obscure light.  These first guides of the Church live in the light of Christ and do not accept any discrimination.  Everyone has the right to be children of God and to live as such, according to the indications of the Gospel. The temptation is always that of judging others, denigrating their behavior.  However, this is a task that belongs only God,...