PRESENTATION OF MARY IN THE TEMPLE

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 33rd Thursday of Ordinary Time PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY November 21, 2019 WORD of the DAY   As he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,  saying, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.   For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19: 41-44)   How shall I live this Word? Jesus is nearing His hour.  As He journeys, He sees opening before Him the panorama of His city, Jerusalem.  While in the power of His unlimited love, He weeps.  The weeping of Jesus reveals the great love of God for human beings, His deep respect to the point of crying, powerless before its rejection of Him and its hardened heart.  Jesus enters the city to be killed, because it did not recognize Him.  Love...

MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK, March 26, 2018 WORD of the DAY  A bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench. He will faithfully bring forth justice. (Isaiah 42: 3) How shall I live this Word? The prophetic word of Isaiah fully introduces us into Holy Week with the figure of the Servant of Yahweh.  Jesus is the Son of God who embraces the abasement of a servile condition to the extreme consequence of accepting the death of slaves and delinquents – crucifixion.  What is most striking in this way of being is a power, which however, is the opposite of violence. Here we have two eloquent images because they express a power that is one thing alone with the meekness of true love.  It is the image of one who is careful not to break the bruised reed and is ready to straighten it and support it.  Then there is the image of the dimly burning wick that the non-violent person is careful not to quench, but rather to revive it. This is precisely what the Servant of Yahweh, the Lord Jesus, will be in...