Third Tuesday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Tuesday of Lent, March 26, 2019  WORD of the DAY  That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants.  When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.  Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property, in payment of the debt.   At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.   Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.  When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount.   He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.  Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.  But he refused. Instead, he had him put in prison until he paid back the debt… So will my heavenly Father...

Eighth Friday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday  June 1, 2018 Week Eight of Ordinary Time St. Justin Martyr  WORD of the DAY   When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.   (Mark 11: 25)     How shall I live this Word? What makes us sure that we can be reconciled with Heavenly Father, ( as children tenderly embraced) is here: Do you want to forgive? You are certain then of forgiveness, of the embrace, of the possibility of your living for God and with God. You say you cannot forgive? Are you dozing about it? Do not have any illusions! It is as if you pretended to take a beautiful path uphill in a great golden light but then bolted yourself to the gate that is there, at the beginning of the luminous ascent. Do not be fooled! A rancorous heart, with secret rebukes for those who offended you or somehow hurt you, has no access to light. Because the Light is Jesus who died not only forgiving, but excusing his murderers: “Father, forgive them because they do not know what they...

Third Tuesday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Tuesday of Lent, March 6, 2018 WORD of the DAY  His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.  Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’  Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt.   So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart.” (Matthew 18: 32-35) How shall I live this Word? We cannot live the Lenten journey of conversion in an authentic form if we do not put ourselves on the side of forgiveness. The evangelical parable told by Jesus today, has the power to shake us deeply inside, when we think of the strong contrast existing in view of the forgiveness we receive gratuitously and continuously from God, and the hardness of heart we reserve for others, when it comes to granting them our forgiveness! In the two parts of the parable, we listen to the same words. In the first, the servant of the master, to...