Second Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Wednesday of Ordinary Time 22 January 2020 WORD of the DAY He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. (Mark 3: 3-5) How shall I live this Word? “Is it lawful on Saturday to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill it?” It is precisely of our human nature to need clear rules that regulate our religiosity: this can be done, this no, up to here yes, more no, from here on it is a sin. What is more important, the norm or the love that dictates the norm? What is the aim, respect for the rules or the heart to love? How many things this passage of the Gospel teaches us! Are we just because we respect...

28th Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 28th Wednesday of Ordinary Time October 16, 2019 WORD of the DAY Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God. These you should have done, without overlooking the others. Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces. Woe to you! You are like unseen graves over which people unknowingly walk.” Then one of the scholars of the law said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.” And he said, “Woe also to you scholars of the law! You impose on people burdens hard to carry, but you yourselves do not lift one finger to touch them.”. (Luke 11: 42-46) How shall I live this Word? The words of Jesus have never left anyone indifferent, because they wedge themselves into the sensitive space that is at the root of our choices. These words lashed the ears of the Pharisees two thousand years ago, the most reluctant to believe and convert to the Gospel. Today they put us in crisis,...

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday November 4, 2018 Thirty First Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”  Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mk 12: 28-33)   How shall I live this Word? Jesus is quoting the profession of faith repeated three times a day by the Jewish believer, the one that takes its name from the words with which it opens: “Shemà Israel”, “Listen, Israel!”. This prayer reveals that listening has absolute primacy. Listening when it is authentic ‘leads’ us to come out of ourselves and to go towards the other who speaks to us. It allows us to open ourselves to the world, to relate to others and also to...