27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time October 6, 2019 WORD of the DAY And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith… When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do” (Luke 17: 5/10) How shall I live this Word? ” We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do ” (Lk 17:10). The expression “unprofitable” leads us to think of “not being of use”; but another translation helps us to grasp in this word the style of Jesus: “useless” that is “without profit”, without gain. Whoever does a service is never “useless”, whether servant or slave, but can do so with a double purpose, that of self-interest. The Gospel speaks to us of gratuitousness, of work carried out simply because we belong to Jesus and we are His, not a job that enters into the logic of giving/receiving, but into that of the free gift: “You have freely received, freely give” (Mt 10, 8). It is a question of Love, of Faith: the love received, the trust experienced, makes us free to serve as...

31st Monday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday November 5, 2018 Thirty First Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   Then he said to the host who invited him, “When you hold a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment.   Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous. (Lk 14: 12-14)  How shall I live this Word? “When you do …”. Jesus reminds us of an important attitude to cultivate: to live by not seeking one’s own interest, one’s own advantage, but that of the other. Moving our center of gravity, we will learn to see things from another perspective, from another point of view: we give back to others their rightful place, so often occupied by our egocentrism/selfishness! Here then is the call to gratuitousness, to justice that is the way of life of Jesus. Living in this disinterested gratuity, without reward, makes us...