Jesus weeps for us

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 33rd Thursday of Ordinary Time November 19, 2020 WORD of the DAY  You did not recognize the time of your visitation. (Luke 19: 44b) How shall I live this Word?   Today, Jesus’ tears evangelize us. And they give sound, high resonance to His words. In the face of unloved love, only tears resist. And they open up a future that is not in vain. Those very human and divine tears teach us to elaborate in faith the hour of darkness, of the powerlessness to help, of the clash with the mystery of freedom that can make love fruitless. “Crying together is the Kingdom”, said a contemporary writer (Sergio Quinzio). And he added: “Weeping is a plantation for the future, it mixes the earth into bricks: a celestial Zion raised with weeping”.  Jesus crying is the Gospel of the Beatitudes made flesh. By calling the afflicted blessed, Jesus blessed all men and women of history and of the earth. We enter the world crying, and mute crying is often our last word before we leave it. As Job teaches us, there is also a cry of animals, trees, earth, worms. There are more...

30th Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 30th Thursday of Ordinary Time October 29, 2020 WORD of the DAY At that time some Pharisees came to him and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.” He replied, “Go and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I accomplish my purpose. Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day, for it is impossible that a prophet should die outside of Jerusalem.” “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling! Behold, your house will be abandoned. [But] I tell you, you will not see me until [the time comes when] you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’.” (Luke 13: 31-35) How shall I live this Word? Jesus’ mission draws to a close. The hope of solving everything with simplicity seems to vanish. His trust in human beings’ ability to change, contradicted and denied by the...