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FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd   Friday of Ordinary Time November 13, 2020 WORD of the DAY  On that day, a person who is on the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them, and likewise a person in the field must not return to what was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. (Luke 17: 31-33) How shall I live this Word? Today’s Gospel continues the reflection of recent days on the coming of the end times and presents us with Jesus’ indications on how to prepare for the coming of the Kingdom. At that time it was a matter that sparked many discussions. Today it is not a topic that touches us very much. Rather it leaves us indifferent, worried about something else. Life goes by normally: eating, drinking, getting married, buying, selling, taking care of oneself, enjoying. Routine can envelop us so much that we can’t think of anything else. And consumerism contributes to increasing in many of us this total inattention to the deeper dimension of life. Lately, however, the event...

34th Monday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Last Monday of Ordinary Time November 25, 2019 WORD of the DAY When he looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” (Luke 21: 1-4)   How shall I live this Word? It was the custom in Jerusalem that the priests, interested in seeing from time to time what was being poured into the treasury of the Temple, and by whom, declared aloud the extent and intention of the offering, assigning it to one of the thirteen coffers available. Their gaze was probably more interested in the consistency of money than in the person. Jesus substitutes them and proclaims, after having lingered to observe carefully, a word of truth, which goes in favor of a poor, apparently insignificant widow. His gaze is not obscured by self-interest. His words are more effective than a scourge, and if the evangelist John tells...