Stand erect

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 34th Thursday of Ordinary Time November 26, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city… People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.            (Luke 21: 21/26-28) How shall I live this Word?   The readings of these days continue to speak of the end of time, of the eschatological time: a time in which the Lord will reign over His people. Faced with the chaos of catastrophic events, wars, famines, political instability, the Lord tells us “Stand erect and raise your heads, your redemption is at hand”.  It is a clear invitation to cultivate an attitude of strong hope, an invitation to stop looking only at the difficulties of the present but looking at the beauty of...

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER TIME

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER TIME May 17, 2020 WORD of the DAY Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame. (1 Peter: 3: 15-16) How shall I live this Word? It is not easy to live and witness to hope, especially in the period we are living. But a hopeless Christian is not credible because to hope is to tell the world that there is always another possibility, that there is still something to do. And we cannot forget that we believe in the Resurrection of Jesus, we who have seen Him suffer and die and meet Him alive in the Eucharist. We who have seen the signs He has done in the Gospel and in our lives. We cannot forget this even if the time we are living is sad, painful, suffered. If our God has conquered all this, there is still hope for...

ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD THIRD FRIDAY of EASTER TIME ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER – PATRON OF THE CHURCH May 1, 2020 WORD of the DAY He came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished* and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” (Matthew 13: 54-56) How shall I live this Word? Ours is a small world, ever smaller. We know everything about everyone, about everything we have something to say, about everyone we have heard something, about everyone we already know what they will say or do … and we do not forgive or let anything pass, in fact some people not only know but also think they know their thoughts and their desires. We are always ready to catalog others, to close them in blocked patterns from which they cannot escape. Nobody amazes us anymore and we don’t expect anything new from anyone. Even the contemporaries of Jesus had this same...

Second Sunday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Sunday of LENT March 8, 2020 WORD of the DAY “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Matthew 17: 5) How shall I live this Word? Jesus has just told the apostles of his proximate passion and death, but they did not understand, they did not want to understand. As they go towards Jerusalem, the experience of the Transfiguration is reserved for Peter, James, and John. In this event is the proclamation of our true destiny, a relaunching of that clear hope that resists every challenge, even that of death. At the climax of the whole scene, there is the voice of the Father who, as He envelops the disciples with His presence, declares, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” The Father repeats the declaration already made at His Baptism, “This Jesus is my Son, my one treasure, my all…”. However, to this affirmation is joined the command, “Listen to Him.” Receive His word....