Fourth Tuesday of Easter

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Tuesday of Easter, April 24, 2018 WORD of the DAY    My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. (John 10: 27-28)  How shall I live this Word? There is a relationship of mutual knowledge that is established between the Shepherd and the sheep – says Jesus. And He insists on that adjective of mutual belonging: “I know mine – He says exactly – and mine know me. What kind of knowledge does it allude to? It is knowledge in the biblical sense, which means having a personal relationship with Him, experiencing His familiarity, His friendship, weaving in the depths of the heart an intimate communion with His divine life. Now, precisely because the shepherd is Jesus, this knowledge becomes an ever-growing adventure, to the point of crossing the threshold to intimacy with the Father: “I give them eternal life … and no one can snatch them from the hand of my Father”. Knowing Jesus is therefore an experience that radically changes life because it puts us in contact...

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday, February 2, 2018 PRESENTATION OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE   WORD of the DAY   Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God…your co-eternal Son was presented on this day in the Temple and revealed by the Holy Spirit as the glory of Israel and the Light of the nations.  And so, we too go forth, rejoicing to encounter your Salvation. (Preface of the Mystery of the Presentation of the Lord) How shall I live this Word? For today’s reflection on the Presentation of the Lord, we will meditate on the Preface of the day’s liturgy because it contains a meaningful word that we can think of as the motor of the whole liturgy of this feast: ‘encounter’.  This word returns many times today: in the admonition before the blessing of the candles, in their blessing, in the invitation to the procession, in the Preface, and in the Prayer after Communion.  It is interesting to note that it also appears in the title of this Feast, which was born in the East in the 4th Century, with its characteristic name of ‘Hypapante’, which in Greek means encounter.  In fact, it recalls the encounter...