PRESENTATION OF MARY IN THE TEMPLE

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday November 21, 2018 PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Thirty Third Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   While he was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and his brothers appeared outside, wishing to speak with him.  Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, asking to speak with you.”  But he said in reply to the one who told him, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”  And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.”   (Matthew  12: 46-50) How shall I live this Word? A quick but lively and ardent scene in the vibration of sentiments that are ‘human-divine’. Mary, the Virgin Mother, ‘humble and great, more than creature’ (as Dante Alighieri says) had gone where, on that day and at that moment, Jesus was teaching the crowds. It is not difficult to imagine what had brought her there in the company of family members: cousins ​​of Jesus who at that time were also called ‘brothers’: some decisions ha...

OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS SATURDAY

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday, December 30, 2017 OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS     WORD of the DAY  When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.  The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. (Luke 2: 39-40) How shall I live this Word? Luke’s Gospel brings us to Nazareth after the events of Christ’s birth and infancy.  They return home, to daily life, to normal life.  They return to live the extraordinary in a life lived in the ordinary, together with the Son of God become human, who grows and becomes strong, full of wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.  The Incarnation of God in human flesh is a fascinating Mystery we will never be able to understand fully and that will continue to fill us with awe: A God who really becomes human without ceasing to be the true God!  This stupendous event must not be relegated only to Christmas day.  Unfortunately, we are wont to make it stop at this liturgical feast.  Instead, it embraces the whole arc...