Fourth Friday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Friday of LENT March 27, 2020  WORD of the DAY  After this, Jesus moved about within Galilee; but he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. …So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come. (John 7: 1/30)  How shall I live this Word? Here the danger of death is felt in the air: they want to kill Jesus; first, however, they try to arrest Him, to limit His word, His gestures, but they fail. A question comes naturally: “Is it possible to imprison God?” Unfortunately! We can imprison God in our schemes when we have a hardened heart and we become rigid, banal, inattentive people, basically, when we proceed in one direction, restricting the field of vision to our interests only. We can imprison God with our twisted reasoning, our desire to have everything under control! The pretense of wanting to understand God’s action! But God does not allow himself to be captured. How many times do we live the tension between capturing Him, silencing Him, the presumption of understanding...

Fourth Saturday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Saturday of Lent, April 6, 2019 WORD of the DAY Some in the crowd who heard these words said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But others said, “The Messiah will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not scripture say that the Messiah will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. (John 7: 40-43) How shall I live this Word? It is interesting to see that even the Word of Jesus does not immediately create consensus and full agreement. Envy, jealousy, and other weeds of human nature unleash opposing positions. To the simple joy and vital adhesion of people who are upright and open to the Gospel is here opposed a facile pretext. It consists in being scandalized by the fact that Jesus’ homeland was that depressed and poor area in every sense that was called Galilee. THE VOICE OF Tonino Bello, Holy Bishop Listen to me because I am in the final stage of my life. I would like to leave you a message to remember; let us love...