Third Friday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Friday of Lent, March 29, 2019 WORD of the DAY One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘He is One and there is no other than he.’ And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that [he] answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of God. And no one dared to ask him any more questions. (Mark 12 : 28-34) How shall...

Ninth Thursday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday June 7, 2018 Week Nine of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY  The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘He is One and there is no other than he.  And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.    (Mark 12: 32-33)    How shall I live this Word? The Scribe poses an interesting question to Jesus.  And for us, the Lord’s explicit and strong response is a confirmation that highlights the nucleus of the Jewish and Christian faith.  The uniqueness of God, proclaimed at a time in which there were many idols and truths to live, this is one of the many confirmations that Jesus did not come to revolutionize what God had revealed to Moses and the Prophets, but rather, to bring it to completion. Their completion was His own life crowned by death on the cross, the expression of infinite love, and of the resurrection: victory over every death, ours as well.  What is enlightening is the stupendous summary that, if...