Fifth Sunday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Sunday of LENT March 29, 2020 WORD of the DAY Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. [But] even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” (John 11: 21-27) How shall I live this Word? John’s compelling prose leads us to notice a whole gradation of existential conditions – corresponding to the various characters of the account – marked in a different way by the drama of death. Lazarus closed his eyes, his human features are made unrecognizable by those linen bandages … but also the two sisters, Martha and...

Fourth Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Tuesday of Ordinary Time February 4, 2020 WORD of the DAY Disregarding the message that was reported, Jesus said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” (Mark 5: 36) How shall I live this Word? The head of the synagogue is an eminent figure in the Jewish society of the time. A serious misfortune happened to him: his little daughter is dead. Many are now announcing this to the eminent person who is their father. Warning! Here Jesus intervenes with an observation which is the opposite of the event. He, who has not seen anything and who until then was not informed, says something absolutely unexpected: “the girl is not dead but sleeping.” What happens next reveals the truth of Christ who was able to say about Himself: “I am the Resurrection and the life”. Powerful and tender at the same time is the gesture of Lord bending over the dead girl, taking her hand. What happens is the victory of Christ God over the mists of human unbelief. It is also the manifestation of the Man-God, whose omnipotence is revealed by the healing gesture. The whole episode...