Fourth Tuesday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Tuesday of Lent, March 13, 201 WORD of the DAY  Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”   Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.   (John 5: 8-9)   How shall I live this Word? Jesus, also in this case, speaks by signs. Two verbs only to respond to the invocation of the paralytic and, immediately, the concreteness of someone who is made healthy and walks.   The Master does not make speeches, He admirably gives him life. Unlike the man born blind, the man who has been waiting for the miracle for thirty-eight years, does not glorify God for the successful healing; he simply walks. He is alive, autonomous, he finds himself with the future in his hands, existence with its hopes.   And all this worked by Jesus, who still today, as then, comes to seek the poor, the suffering, the forgotten, the solitary, the abandoned.   In my prayer today, I will ask the Lord to heal me, to come close to me and free me from my indifference, from the paralysis that holds me back and keeps me from going...

Fourth Monday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Monday of Lent, March 12, 2018 WORD of the DAY  The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”  Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left.  (John 4: 49-50)   How shall I live this Word? A few days earlier, in Samaria, Jesus spoke to a Samaritan woman, a heretical person according to the Jews, to whom Jesus revealed His condition as a messiah. And now, in Galilee, He receives a pagan, an official of the King, who seeks help for his sick child. Jesus is not limited to His race, nor to His religion. He is ecumenical and welcomes everyone. But His answers are not those that are followed by an immediate, miraculous intervention. The Master desires a faith free from the conditioning of “special effects”. He wants a request that is not determined by prodigious signs, a faith that is based on His Word. The king’s official, on the other hand, needs to hear twice the assurance that his son has already been healed from a distance. Ultimately, this is the...

Second Monday of Advent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 11, 2017 Second Monday of Advent     WORD of the DAY When he saw their faith, he said, “As for you, your sins are forgiven”.  (Luke 5: 20) How shall I live this Word? The miracle Jesus works for a paralytic is very interesting in its details.  The Lord is in a house after He had been followed perhaps for entire hours by a crowd that hung on His words.  There is such a crowd of people that the bearers of the paralyzed man devise a plan.  It is a lot of work to remove some of the tiles and then, decisive and ardent, they lower the cot o f a sick man before Jesus. Jesus cures the paralytic, but what is important is to see the Lord’s attention, warm and vibrant, for the men who had thought up the courageous deed.  It is their faith  that urges the Lord to restore full integrity of health to the paralyzed man. I think it is important to grasp the importance of faith, not only as a personal commitment, but as a bright community reality.  How beautiful is a believing people whose...