Sixth Tuesday of Ordinary time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sixth Tuesday of Ordinary Time February 18, 2020 WORD of the DAY  They had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.   He enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”  They concluded among themselves that it was because they had no bread.  When he became aware of this he said to them, “Why do you conclude that it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet understand or comprehend? Are your hearts hardened?  Do you have eyes and not see, ears and not hear? And do you not remember,  when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many wicker baskets full of fragments you picked up?” They answered him, “Twelve.”  “When I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many full baskets of fragments did you pick up?” They answered [him], “Seven.”  He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”.   (Mark 8: 14-21)   How shall I live this Word?  Today Jesus speaks a highly symbolic language, difficult because it remains difficult and uncomfortable to objectively recognize our...

Fifth Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Saturday of Ordinary Time February 15, 2020 WORD of the DAY In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat, he summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a great distance.” His disciples answered him, “Where can anyone get enough bread to satisfy them here in this deserted place?” Still he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” “Seven,” they replied. He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then, taking the seven loaves he gave thanks, broke them, and gave them to his disciples to distribute, and they distributed them to the crowd. They also had a few fish. He said the blessing over them and ordered them distributed also. They ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over—seven baskets. There were about four thousand people. He dismissed them and got into the boat with his disciples...