Fifth Friday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Friday of LENT April 3, 2020 WORD of the DAY The Jews again picked up rocks to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” (John 10: 31-33) How shall I live this Word? The marvelous works of God are not lacking and will never be lacking at any epoch of history. Life itself is a beautiful gift that is renewed for us gratuitously each day. However, God’s work is only recognized by those who listen to His Word, like the crowds who knew how to see a continuity between the mission of John the Baptist and that of Jesus, which the other Jews could not see. The latter presume to know and instead remain deaf and blind to the Word. They regard Jesus as an unknown or as a blasphemer. Going back to the source of our faith, exploring the pure fonts from where the water of life flows, asking ourselves...

Fifth Tuesday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Tuesday of LENT March 31, 2020 WORD of the DAY He said to them again, “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” (John 8: 21-24) How shall I live this Word? The dispute the Gospel presents us with today between Jesus and the Jews shows us how impossible it is to approach the mystery of Christ without faith. Only an illumination coming from on High, only a divine revelation can provide a taste of familiarity with Him. This is the essential condition to avoid falling into the ever-present risk of appropriating Him to ourselves, of...