To love is to serve

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FOURTH MONDAY of ADVENT December 21, 2020 WORD of the DAY  During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,  where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit,  cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord  should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed  that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.   (Luke 1: 39-45) How shall I live this Word?   If what we think to be true remains true to the proof of facts, then that thing is indeed true. Mary seems to do this by setting out on her way to Elizabeth’s house. The haste to prove what has happened to her is at the same time...

Second Tuesday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Tuesday of LENT March 10, 2020 WORD of the DAY The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23: 11) How shall I live this Word? In the Christian Community, the greatest are the last and the only primacy that counts is that of abasement and of service. Matthew is confronting two images of the Church. One is pharisaical, pompous, showy, and empty, dominated by leaders who are greedy for honors and power. The other that is Christian, is made up of friends, sisters and brothers. This is not anarchy, because it is directly guided by Christ and the Father, in which all are equally children. Those who exercise functions or responsibilities are called to witness with their actions more that with their words, the invisible presence of the Father, and not substitute Him, because He is never absent. The Church of Christ is a community of equals, a fraternity that has as its criteria of discernment, service. Regarding this, Cardinal Martini, referring to Moses and his service of responsibility while he led the Hebrews in the desert,...

Seventh Tuesday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday, February 26, 2019 WORD of the DAY They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent. They had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest. Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all. (Mark 9: 33-35) How shall I live this Word? Jesus walks the streets of Galilee, and His disciples experience this pilgrimage as a triumphal procession, caressing in their minds the tantalizing prospect of dividing up power. Being a follower of the famous Teacher of Nazareth at that moment had to make them feel proud. But if following Jesus becomes a pretext to cultivate delusions of grandeur, to expropriate the other to occupy an important place, and to enjoy the rights of esoteric knowledge, one ends up excluding oneself from the Kingdom and falls back into the world. Jesus catches his Church folding in on itself, sees it spinning as it lets itself be taken in by comparisons,...