FAITH and HOPE

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD THIRD SATURDAY of ADVENT December 19, 2020 WORD of the DAY  In the days of Herod, King of Judea,  there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child,  because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years.                        (Luke 1: 5-7) How shall I live this Word?   Being the protagonists of a history marked by sterility puts both faith and hope to a severe test. Whether we like it or not, we are all called to deal with our sterility. The sterility of a faith that does not generate true believing communities; the sterility of pastoral creativity blocked by the inability to be able to read the present prophetically; the sterility of human existence unfortunately heavily conditioned by selfishness and individualism. Being, I repeat, the protagonists of a history marked by sterility puts both faith and hope to a severe test. But the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah is destined to be reversed....