Seventh Friday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday  May 25, 2018 Week 7 of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY    Do not complain, brothers, about one another, that you may not be judged. Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates.   (James 5: 9)  How shall I live this Word? The author of the Letter of James shares the faith, as well as the common awareness of the first Christian communities, according to which the arrival of the eschatological moment, the final judgment, would have been imminent: “You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand”. If time for merchants is the sphere of planning and investment, and for the rich, of accumulation and money, for believers it is the time of hope and expectation. The author, therefore, invites the members of the community not to complain about each other, because: “This is my commandment, that you love each other as I have loved you.  No one has greater love than this, to give his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does...

Second Wednesday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Wednesday of Lent, February 28, 2018 WORD of the DAY   Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mt. 20: 28) How shall I live this Word? We add to what we meditated on yesterday, to give life.  Becoming a servant has as it ultimate end, the gift of life.  Gift is the interpretative category of this whole anti-egocentric movement.  The gift of life enlarges that movement infinitely, totally.  It is a movement of love, a way of interpreting it that implies relationship, contact with the other, sharing, compassion.  It is so radical as to dedicate life to it.  life only grows if it is consumed, only if one lives and dies to generate other life. The intention action of giving life redeems the impediment that determines the non-generativity of the other and opens them to life as well.  The words of Jesus anticipate and comment on what will be His experience on the Cross: life given for the redemption of many, for their good, for all the good possible. Lord, little experiences of...

Second Monday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Monday of Lent, February 26, 2018 WORD of the DAY  Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. (Luke 6: 38) How shall I live this Word? We need guidance every day to help us to translate into actions the things we believe, love, and hope.  Today’s Gospel gives us the quality and the measure of love, of generosity, of availability, of the gaze we give to what happens around us and inside us.  Does the vital contestation of what there is prevail over the negative criticism of what is lacking?  The evidence of what is good is stronger than deciphering evil.  This is because God’s mercy is before human fragility and the power of forgiveness repairs, annuls, and prevents every sin.  Beyond any logic of do and it will be given, the performing gift of mercy regenerates the existence of bodies and souls, because it is pure love of God that brings abundant life to all! Lord, Your forgiveness makes...