Jesus heals

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 20, 2021 Wednesday – Week Two WORD of the DAY  Again he entered the synagogue.  There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored.   The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.      (Mark 3: 1-6) How shall I live this Word?   Here we are at the fifth dispute between Jesus and the Pharisees. “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or harm, to save a life or kill it?” In the passage preceding this, Jesus explains the meaning of respecting the Sabbath...

Lord of the Sabbath

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 19, 2021 Tuesday – Week Two WORD of the DAY  As he was passing through a field of grain on the Sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.  At this the Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”  He said to them, “Have you never read what David did  when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?”  Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man,  not man for the Sabbath.   That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”   (Mark 2: 23-28) How shall I live this Word?   We are facing the fourth dispute between Jesus and the Pharisees presented in the Gospel of Mark.  Jesus does not want to justify but rather to make us glimpse, once again, the new logic that He has come to bring. It is no longer the...

Tenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tenth Wednesday of Ordinary Time June 10, 2020 WORD of the DAY Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill it. (Matthew: 5-17) How shall I live this Word? This verse reminds us of a passage, which is not only that from the Old Testament to the New Testament, but it is the passage from the law to grace, the passage from living in a cold, superficial, negative way that is looking at the ‘No’, but rather, going more in depth by choosing the ‘Yes’, choosing the life present in the things themselves. Any rule helps me choose between a good and a ‘less good’. Understanding this in the rule leads me to freely choose the good. I do not abolish the command, which is a teacher, but I go further. This is the passage that grows in human heart with their maturity: a passage from having to do things, to doing things because they are taken with conviction and love, because they are recognized as a source of life. The fullness of the grace that surrounded us...

Third Wednesday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Wednesday of Lent, March 7, 2018 WORD of the DAY  Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.  Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.  (Matthew 5: 17-18) How shall I live this Word? Jesus clarifies with His statement in today’s Gospel His position before the Law of Moses and the spiritual message of the prophets of the Old Testament. Especially since the Church at the time of Matthew the debate was still alive between two opposing tendencies: about the relationship of Jesus with the Scriptures of the Old Testament. Some proclaimed that He had come as a liberator to abolish and annul the Law of Moses; and others, on the contrary, who maintained that His task was only that of subscribing to the smallest details, all that was written there. Against “libertarian” Christians (let’s call them that), Jesus says He did not come to abolish the Law of God written...