ADHERE TO JESUS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 11, 2021 Monday WORD of the DAY  After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel. (Mark 1: 14-15) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus has just emerged from the trial of the desert, and  receives the news of the incarceration of John from whom He had received baptism shortly before. Everything has collapsed.  Does the treacherous power of the world suffocate the bud of a new humanity generated by the waters of the Jordan? The trial of the desert, the experience of baptism among sinners, has matured in Jesus the wisdom of the Kingdom of God, rather than the powers of the world.  God the Father reveals Himself and then hides Himself so that the human being, the Son, may learn the freedom to adhere to His new justice. Jesus gives us this wisdom by inviting us to change our mentality and to adhere unconditionally to the Good News: in Him, in His footsteps, we receive a new fruitfulness, openness to an immense gift: to become...

12th Wednesday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 12th Wednesday of Ordinary Time June 26, 2019 WORD of the DAY Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7: 15) How shall I live this Word? In this context, the false prophets are not those who say wrong things, but those who do not do what they say. The real danger is not that of saying wrong things, after all, the Gospel is clear enough. The problem is doing the Gospel, living it. The false prophet is the one who lives this inconsistency between saying and doing and makes this inconsistency a system of life instead of the place of conversion. Now we all have this inconsistency, it’s part of our life. So? We can say that we are called to be true prophets, that is, to be those who, before calling others to conversion, call themselves and we are all urgently called to this conversion! May Your Spirit Jesus daily give us the courage to live the Word of Your Gospel! The Voice of Pope Francis, Homily at St. Martha, January 7, 2014 If this is in line with the Lord,...

Fourth Sunday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Sunday of Easter Time May 12, 2019 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. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one. (John 10: 27-28) How shall I live this Word? This passage of John’s Gospel, of the disciple who had best understood the heart of Christ the Lord, is impregnated with a tenderness that we can understand better if we keep in mind that Jesus is speaking above all to people who are dedicated to two kinds of work, that of shepherding and that of fishing. The relationship of the shepherd with the sheep is affectionate, tender, personalized. It is expressed mostly in regard to the voice and following. The sheep listen to their shepherd and even know his voice, thus they follow wherever he goes. In the second part of the passage, John indicates what is most important here. The shepherd is...

Second Monday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday, January 21, 2019 Week 2 of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY  The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.  People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”   Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast   while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.  But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day.  No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”                      (Mark 2: 18-22)   How shall I live this Word?   Following the Master of Nazareth, the disciples of Jesus arouse whispers, rumores (to put it in the Latin) that thicken like sticky...

Twenty sixth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday October 3, 2018 Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”  Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” (Luke 9: 57-58)  How shall I live this Word? The enthusiastic zeal of that man who assures Jesus of wanting to follow him everywhere is beautiful, but Jesus’ answer is luminous: it shines in absolute truth. Do not be mistaken for the one who, then and even today, experiences the fascination of the Gospel as an adventure to the dismantling of what, precisely because it is difficult, exalts many with perspectives of courageous daring. Jesus lived the expropriation of everything: absolute poverty. It was not for him, nor for those who follow Him, a life approach based on pleasure and convenience. His life, on the other hand, is for those who decide not to seek support (to lay down their head is a metaphor) of any kind because they are completely entrusted to merciful love: a tangible expression...