Fourth Tuesday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Tuesday of LENT March 24, 2020 WORD of the DAY After this, there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep [Gate] a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. (John 5: 1-9 a) How shall I live this Word? The third sign made by Jesus in the Gospel of John is the healing of the man who has been sick for 38 years, at the pool of Bethesda. The number ‘38’...

Thursday Week One of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday, January 11, 2018 Week One of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  A leper came to him [and kneeling down] begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.”  Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.”  The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.   Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once. (Mark 1: 40-43) How shall I live this Word? This is what Jesus wants: to cure us!  This is why He came, to free us from evil!  He came to save what was lost: the leper in each of us, the impurity in us!  Are we aware of this?  Or does the divider, Satan, take this awareness from us, continuing to deceive us that we are just fine?  When do we feel the weight of our distance from God, of our non-life, that makes us cry out to the Lord from our heart’s depths, ‘Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean’?  Only if we enter into the depths of our being will we hear whispered: “I so...