28th Friday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th Friday of Ordinary Time October 16, 2020 WORD of the DAY Meanwhile, so many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. He began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven—that is, the hypocrisy—of the Pharisees. “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. (Luke 12: 1-3) How shall I live this Word? Hypocrisy is often identified as the other side of the coin of sincerity, transparency. It can be understood as a set of attitudes and behaviors linked to falsehood, lack of clarity. ‘Ipòcrisis’ from the Greek means ‘simulation’ and is the name used in ancient times, in Greek theater, to define the actor’s gesture. The hypocrite on the stage had the purpose of showing ‘other’ than his own essence, precisely to ‘simulate’, disguise. Jesus tells us that hypocrisy is a leaven, that is, a principle of corruption, to which we must react by removing the mask that prevents...

Fifth Wednesday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Wednesday of LENT April 1, 2020 WORD of the DAY Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus answered them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin.” (John 8: 31-34) How shall I live this Word? Truth is never a purely private fact. Jesus Himself had received it from the Father. Thus, we too, if we want to be guardians of the truth, must leave others the freedom to express what is in their heart. The Law the Lord came to bring is a law of freedom. It can be lived if we accept it within ourselves. Being on the side of truth means leaving room for others, so they can speak and say their part. This can come in the highest way if we allow God to pronounce a definitive word on...