Have Faith

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FIRST FRIDAY of ADVENT December 4, 2020 WORD of the DAY  And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed [him], crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.”   (Matthew 9: 27-30) How shall I live this Word?   It’s just a question of faith! The two blind men run after Jesus without fear of stumbling and falling, because they need Him.  We, on the other hand, are ashamed to say that we believe and if we have to make the Sign of the Cross, we make it small and almost invisible. It’s just a question of faith! The two blind men turn to Jesus certain of His endless mercy. We, on the other hand, doubt His love and are afraid that He will never forgive our sins. It’s...

Seventh Monday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday, February 25, 2019 WORD of the DAY  When they came to the disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.  Immediately on seeing him, the whole crowd was utterly amazed. They ran up to him and greeted him. He asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”  Someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I have brought to you my son possessed by a mute spirit.  Wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive it out, but they were unable to do so.”  He said to them in reply, “O faithless generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him to me.”  They brought the boy to him.      (Mark 9: 14-19)   How shall I live this Word?   Belonging to the inner circle of Jesus does not automatically guarantee the fulfillment of every request. The disciples are defenseless before the case of a deaf-mute tortured by an unclean spirit. Often for many occasional visitors, going to “those of Jesus”, that...

Fourth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday, February 5, 2019 WORD of the DAY  When Jesus had crossed again [in the boat] to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.  One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.   Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her  that she may get well and live.”  He went off with him, and a large crowd followed Him and pressed upon Him.  While He was still speaking, people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher any longer?”  Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith”.          (Mark: 5: 21-24/35-36)   How shall I live this Word?   “Do not be afraid, just have faith!”  Jesus encourages one of the leaders of the synagogue, after learning that unfortunately his child, for whom he had asked for healing, is dead. The presence of Jesus is now useless, it is too late, but faith can work...