Fifth Thursday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Thursday of Lent, March 22, 2018 WORD of the DAY  Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” (So) the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’  Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?  Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.”    (John 8: 51-53/58)  How shall I live this Word? This is a real proclamation on the part of Jesus. “Whoever keeps my word will never see death”.  Thus, Jesus is LIFE and makes us participate in His Life if we observe His Word.  In Latin, the world ‘observe’ means to guard, to care for, to protect; it means living with the heart’s attention, guarding something precious.  Thus, observing the Word is not only doing what is formally expressed, but it is opening yourself to the deep dimension of the custody of the heart that allows us to enter...

33rd Saturday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 25, 2017 33rd Saturday in Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY Some Sadducees who argue that there is no resurrection, approached Jesus and put this question to him, “Master, Moses wrote for us, if a man’s married brother dies childless, the man must marry the widow to raise up children for his brother. Well then, there were seven brothers… Jesus replied, “The children of this world take wives and husbands, but those who are judged worthy of a place in the other world and in the resurrection from the dead do not marry because they can no longer die, for they are the same as the angels, and being children of the resurrection, they are children of God.  Some scribes then spoke up. They said, “Well put, Master.” They did not dare to ask Him any more questions. (Luke 20: 27-40) How shall I live this Word? Today’s Gospel shows us a group of Sadducees who want to embarrass Jesus by asking Him a captious question taken from the Levirate Law of Moses (Dt. 25: 5ss) with the story of a woman with seven husbands in the effort to put...