DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Sunday of EASTER TIME DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY April 19, 2020 WORD of the DAY Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20: 27-28) How shall I live this Word? Thomas, one of the twelve, was not present when Jesus appeared the to the disciples the first time. He did not believe the testimony of the others who said, “We have seen the Lord!” He put conditions, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Thomas is demanding. This is a grace for us who are so close to his doubting. We are only able to believe when there is proof. However, six days later during a gathering of the community, Jesus again appears. He announces Himself with a word that becomes a wish and a gift, “Peace be with you!” The Teacher does not criticize...

Eleventh Friday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 11th Friday of Ordinary Time June 21, 2019 WORD of the DAY The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be! (Matthew 6: 22-23) How shall I live this Word? Having pure eyes is what is asked of us several times in the Gospel. The purity of the gaze on people, events, things makes us radiant and then “the whole body will be filled with light”. The way we look, evaluate, think, feel, walk, and act depends on the eye and the heart, which makes a person radiant or dark, and also the reality that surrounds them. From this radiance springs the positive thoughts, the joy of being together, the wonder and awe in front of creation and creatures. The Voice of Henry Newman, a Great Convert Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, Lead thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home, Lead thou me on! Keep thou...