JESUS is the TRUTH!

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD March 24, 2021  Fifth Wednesday of Lent WORD of the DAY  Jesus 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.” (John 8:31-32) How shall I live this Word?    It is only the truth that sets us free, the truth lived, cultivated, witnessed. Because we are truly free only when we learn not to lie to ourselves and to others, when we decide to throw away all the masks we wear every day, by choice or convenience, when we opt not to hide who we really are, even if we don’t like it. We are truly free when we do not want to make peace with our limitations and defects, but we recognize them, accept them, and try to overcome them. We are totally free when we do not say false things that harm and hurt others, creating divisions, suffering, and discontent. Our God is the God of truth and not of lies, the God of clarity and not of subterfuge, and He teaches us to love all...

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...