Jesus calls us to Repentance

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FEBRUARY 20, 2021  Saturday after Ash Wednesday WORD of the DAY  Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” (Luke 5: 27 – 32) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus thus dismisses the criticisms of people who did not tolerate His too friendly relationship with sinners, prostitutes, and various sinners. “It is not the healthy who need a doctor but the sick.”  Everyone, even the healthy, suffers from a common disease: not feeling loved. Jesus comes to meet us to restore the existential state that makes us take back our life.  However, this happens...

Fifth Tuesday of Lent

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Tuesday of Lent, March 20, 2018 WORD of the DAY   He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world.  That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.    (John 8: 23-24)   How shall I live this Word? “You belong to what is below…I do not belong to this world…I belong to what is above”.   Jesus startles us, questions us on the criteria that are at the basis of our choices.  The frame of reference of the Pharisees is the world below, without openness, closed in the vision of material things.   Their reference point and compass ignore God.  This is why they live in sin.  Living in sin means not having our gaze on the life of Jesus, the gaze that is open to the Father, the Father who loves us, who leads us, and who makes us experience true life.   Lord, help us to live in communion with You to make Your...

Saturday of Week One of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday, January 13, 2018 Week One of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY   Once again he went out along the sea. All the crowd came to him and he taught them.  As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.  While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples; for there were many who followed him.  Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors and said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  Jesus heard this and said to them [that], “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”.     (Mark 2: 13-17) How shall I live this Word? Jesus incarnates God’s criteria: “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.  I did not come to call the righteous but sinners”.  Salvation is not given to those who consider themselves already saved, but to...