The Beloved Son

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 10, 2021 Sunday BAPTISM OF THE LORD WORD of the DAY  It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”  (Mark 1: 9-10) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus comes, ‘happens’, in human history. He comes like the others and for the same reason – to be baptized – but His coming is an event that tears apart human history. He does not come from the same place as the other baptizers, who were from Judea and Jerusalem. He comes from the margins, from unreliable and unknown places. He arrives and is immediately immersed – the first act He performed according to Mark is ‘passion’ – in the waters of sin, loaded with a yoke that He still – after thirty years of hidden life in His village – ignores. He sinks into the invocation of reconciliation between...

28th Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th Monday of Ordinary Time October 14, 2019 WORD of the DAY While still more people gathered in the crowd, he said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here”. (Luke 11: 29-32) How shall I live this Word? The human level of our relationships expects that each person, in contact with one another, have at least some recognition. How many more expectations, in comparison, did people have when approaching Jesus! They try to test the consistency of the prophet, they put Him...

First Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD First Wednesday of Lent, March 13, 2019 WORD of the DAY While still more people gathered in the crowd, he said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation… At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here”. (Luke 11: 29-32) How shall I live this Word? Jesus seems to have no regard for the many who crowd around him, and instead of riding the wave of success to see an even greater one by conforming to their expectations, He provocatively launches a challenge. The contemporaries who seek Him, perhaps accustomed to going after a cheap opportunity, in truth do not know Him, but look with ill-concealed greed at the gifts of an anonymous preacher. They are blind to the truth and wanderers without faith, and even though they invoke the name of the Lord, they...

Sixth Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday, February 18, 2019 WORD of the DAY The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. He sighed from the depth of his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Amen, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” Then he left them, got into the boat again, and went off to the other shore. (Mark 8: 11-13) How shall I live this Word? It is interesting to observe how the Pharisees, the rabid opposers of Jesus, always find a way to place some small or big disagreement on His path. This time they request a sign that Jesus should directly obtain from Heaven. Note Jesus’ deep sigh when He says how far this request is from being in harmony with His divine-human person. Clearly, the Pharisees were very far from understanding that God’s sign for the world was precisely the Mystery of Christ incarnate for the salvation of humanity. Disappointed at the closure of their minds and hearts, Jesus frees Himself from them and immediately gets into the boat and goes off to...

Sixth Monday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday, February 12, 2018 WORD of the DAY   Why does this generation ask for a sign? (Mark 8: 41) How shall I live this Word? The Pharisees ask Jesus to give them a sign, that He work a miracle.  But they do not know or want to believe that the most important sign is the very life of Jesus; that His words and His actions manifest the goodness and power of God. Often, we too today want God to intervene in a miraculous way in our personal and community situations.  Faith is above all, trust in God who guides humanity toward final perfection.  Often, however, the journey is not very linear as we would wish or expect, but tortuous, because keeping in mind human freedom, God permits certain situations to exist for a period of time.  But He can never allow evil to triumph, because only the good fulfills truth and beauty.  The good is the efficient cause, while evil, the absence of good, is a deficient cause, it is missing something. Help me, Lord, to believe that the greatest sign given to humanity is Your very life of love and of...