Fourth Wednesday of Lent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Wednesday of Lent, April 3, 2019 WORD of the DAY Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation but has passed from death to life. (John 5: 24) How shall I live this Word? As we read in the Gospel of Saint John, Jesus communicates to us a truth that illuminates our path. What is important and absolutely necessary is listening. It is a question of having a mind and a heart free from useless talk, from the noise of an insular and banal life. We note this first of all as Jesus tells us the importance of what He is about to say, repeating in verse 24: “Amen. Amen”. Here it is a question of educating oneself to listen to the Word of Jesus; not just any listening but listening to the One whom God the Father sent to save us. It is not even the fear of eternal judgment that must mark us but rather a living faith precisely in Jesus as sent by the Father to save us. From this...

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 9, 2018 SECOND SUNDAY of ADVENT  WORD of the DAY   In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,  and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,  the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.  He went throughout [the] whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:  “A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths’.    (Luke 3: 1-4)   How shall I live this Word? Advent has begun, a privileged period to once again undertake a conscious journey towards the Lord. The figure of John the Baptist, which we contemplate in this liturgy, reminds us how faith begins by listening (Rom 10,17) and how listening depends on someone who makes oneself the ‘voice’ of this ‘word’ that our heart awaits. We are...