Twelfth Friday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Twelfth Friday of Ordinary Time June 26, 2020  WORD of the DAY   When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him.2And then a leper  approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.”  He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately.  Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed;  that will be proof for them.   (Matthew 8: 1-4) How shall I live this Word? The first fruit of the mountain discourse is the recognition of one’s own unworthiness, of the sin that has deeply marked us and that makes us repellent, unapproachable. Having disgust of this condition of distance from God is the necessary spring for finding the courage to draw near to Jesus, the achievement of that spiritual poverty that associates us with those who truly listen to the word of God.  Challenging social norms to throw oneself at the feet of Christ is the first step towards salvation. What a surprising revelation,...