Jesus is one with the Father

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD April 28, 2021  EASTER WEDNESDAY 4 WORD of the DAY  Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.               (John 12: 44-46) How shall I live this Word?   In the Gospels of these days, especially those of John, the revelation of the Father continues through the words of Jesus. The Teacher is eager to repeat the importance that the Father has in His life and what He must have in the life of those who believe.  His intimacy with the Father is radical. To believe in Jesus is to believe in the One who sent Him. This sentence is a summary of the Gospel of John. It is the theme that appears and reappears in many ways. Jesus is so united with the Father that He does not speak in His own name, but always in the name of the Father. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father. If you want to...

The Light has come

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FOURTH THURSDAY CHRISTMAS EVE December 24, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Then Zechariah his father, filled with the holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:  “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people.   He has raised up a horn for our salvation within the house of David his servant, even as he promised through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old: salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to show mercy to our fathers and to be mindful of his holy covenant and of the oath he swore to Abraham our father,  and to grant us that, rescued from the hand of enemies, without fear we might worship him in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord  to prepare his ways,  to give his people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high  will visit us  to shine on those who sit in...

Fourth Sunday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Sunday of LENT Laetare Sunday March 22, 2020 WORD of the DAY As he passed by he saw a man blind from birth… “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and smeared the clay on his eyes, and said to him, “Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed, and came back able to see. (John 9: 1/ 5-7) How shall I live this Word? The fifth sign performed by Jesus in the Gospel of John is the healing of a man blind from birth. Blindness is his condition: he was born blind and he knows it! Jesus unexpectedly approaches him and heals him, without him asking for anything. He finds himself healed by doing only what Jesus tells him to do: go to wash at the pool of Siloe. A simple thing? But, perhaps for a blind man not entirely! His obedience reveals the blind man’s faith in Jesus, a man he did not know, also because he had never seen Him....

29th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 29th Tuesday of Ordinary Time October 22, 2019 WORD of the DAY For just as through the disobedience of one person the many were made sinners, so through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous…but, where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more. (Romans 5: 19-20) How shall I live this Word? St. Paul highlights a solar truth that if often meditated on by us, would make our hearts peaceful every day. It is a matter of understanding that the sin of the first human beings and of us today is a ‘no’ to God which devastates the light that we had received from the Lord. What allows us to have a very serene life is a Christian truth that dominates our Faith According to this biblical observation, Catholic doctrine comforts and encourages us. It has an evident strength in affirming that: where sin increased from the first humans, now and always Grace overflows: Effective therapy over evil, healing of evil, and something more: the overabundance of God’s Grace in the individual and in the community life of human beings . Lord, make me Your disciple. Give me a heart...

Fifth Monday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Monday of Lent, April 8, 2019 WORD of the DAY Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” So the Pharisees said to him, “You testify on your own behalf, so your testimony cannot be verified.” Jesus answered and said to them, “Even if I do testify on my own behalf, my testimony can be verified, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you do not know where I come from or where I am going… (John 8: 12-20) How shall I live this Word? In these artfully orchestrated accusations, almost like the general proofs of the trial that would be made against him, the Pharisees try to force Jesus into a minority, to disqualify Him as if His was an isolated voice without substance. He is an uncomfortable Jesus because He claims to listen to and follow only the Father. So not an established order around a ‘creed’, not the representatives of a hierarchy, not those who hold religious power and exercise it tyrannizing over...