Friday after Ash Wednesday

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday after Ash Wednesday, March 8, 2019 WORD of the DAY Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke? (Isaiah 58: 6) How shall I live this Word? The commitment for life, the command to love that we meditated on yesterday, is substantiated by a very difficult virtue: justice. In our court systems, justice is torn apart, betrayed to the point that what is seen as ‘true and just’ is the evil and the astute manipulation of words and actions. It is not this way in real life. This is not what God wants in the beatitude of those who hunger and thirst for justice; they are the human face, the incarnation of God’s will. It is God’s will, God’s desire that take shape. It is a shape free of chains, constrictions, deformations. Sin has reduced creatures, humans and even animals, plants, space, and time to diminished and asphyxiating forms. The justice of God, even if exercised by human hands, frees from useless chains, yokes, bonds. Lord, help us to work together for the...

Friday, January 4 2019

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday January 4, 2019 WORD of the DAY In this way, the children of God and the children of the devil are made plain; no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God, nor anyone who does not love his brother. ( 1 John 3: 10) How shall I live this Word? In only two lines, the sacred text presents the cornerstones of a fully human and Christian life: justice and charity understood as a caring for one’s neighbor. It is comforting that the Word of God, in these days at the beginning of the new year, puts these two virtues before our inner gaze. They are in fact fundamental, because the essence of our life is under the banner of justice and love. They are two human – Christian virtues that go, as it were, arm in arm. Justice, in fact, without charity, can destroy a person’s life; charity without justice is something inauthentic that belies both the subject (the righteous person) and the object (the person to be loved). Lord, help me to unite justice and charity with a simple heart, illumined by Your grace. The Voice of Frederick...