First Sunday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Sunday of Lent, March 10, 2019 WORD of the DAY Filled with the holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone…’” Jesus said to him in reply, “It also says, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.’” When the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time. (Luke 4: 1-13) How shall I live this Word? None of us can think this page of the Gospel is unrelated to this: Jesus does not despise, reject or relativize humanity, but accepts it in its entirety, except for sin (Heb 4:15). By incarnating and living the stages of the normal growth of every human, we see how He is delivered to the weakness of every flesh. The insidious net of the devil envelops Him...

New Year’s Eve

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 31, 2018 New Year’s Eve WORD of the DAY He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name. ( John 1: 10-12) How shall I live this Word? It is a passage of the Gospel of St. John the Apostle and we immediately grasp its exceptional expressive power. In only two lines, the word ‘world’ is repeated three times. With this, the author makes us aware of the enormity of the event that occurred just when at the time of Emperor Augustus, the known world was dominated and unified by Roman power. Here, in this fullness of time, the very high Word of God who created this beautiful human home (this our world) came to be a human being. In the midst of those people who were (or rather are) His, because they were called to have this wonderful creation as their home, the...