Twelfth Saturday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Twelfth Saturday of Ordinary Time June 27, 2020  WORD of the DAY   When he entered Capernaum,  a centurion approached him and appealed to him,  saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”  He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.  For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”  When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel  have I found such faith.   (Matthew 8: 5-10) How shall I live this Word? The great lesson offered to us by this Roman soldier – a pagan who understood the spirit of the beatitudes well – had understood that the power of God is far above human faculties, transcends them, and brings them to fulfillment. In...

Third Saturday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Saturday of Lent, March 30, 2019 WORD of the DAY He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income. But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18 : 9-14) How shall I live this Word? We are facing two people, two models of faith and prayer. On the one hand, the Pharisee who prays before his own self. Confident of his...

Third Saturday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Saturday of Lent, March 10, 2018 WORD of the DAY  “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.  The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.   But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’  I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18: 10-14) How shall I live this Word? The Church, Mother and Teacher, suggests to our meditation in this Lenten season the parable of the “Pharisee and the publican” when perhaps, if we have lived with a certain commitment Lent, we can perhaps let ourselves be touched by the temptation of pride, that...