Live Peace

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FEBRUARY 11, 2021  OUR LADY OF LOURDES Thursday – Week Five WORD of the DAY  Jesus went to the district of Tyre. He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice. Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet. The woman was a Greek, a Syro-phoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.” When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone. (Mark 7: 24 -30) How shall I live this Word?   While Jesus is beyond the Jordan, in the region of Tyre, a local woman approaches Him to ask Him to free her...

31st Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Saturday of Ordinary Time November 7, 2020 WORD of the DAY I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all these things and sneered at him. And he said to them, “You justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts; for what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God. (Luke 16: 9-15) How shall I live this Word? True wealth – Jesus tells us between the lines today –...

ALL SAINTS DAY

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time November 1, 2020 ALL SAINTS DAY WORD of the DAY When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5: 1-12a) How shall I live this Word? Solidarity...

THIRD WEDNESDAY OF ADVENT

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD THIRD WEDNESDAY OF ADVENT CHRISTMAS NOVENA December 18, 2019  WORD of the DAY   All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:   “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”      (Matthew 1: 22-23)   How shall I live this Word? After Mary declares her mysterious motherhood, Joseph is disoriented, has no terms of comparison, points of reference in front of the unspeakable event of the Incarnation. An answer must come from heaven. Joseph dreams.  An angel of the Lord heartens him: “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife.” The great  announcement spanning the centuries, is planted like a seed in the heart of a man of the Lord who will know how to be ‘the shadow of the Father’ close to Jesus. And he will be the sweet and wise guardian of Emmanuel, God with us . Of this God who became poor, who wanted to live in our tent, who said: “I will be with you always, until the end of time.” Today in prayer, I will...

26th Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 26th Saturday of Ordinary Time October 5, 2019 WORD of the DAY The seventy[-two] returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven. (Luke 10: 17-20) How shall I live this Word? Jesus is certainly pleased that the 72 disciples return “full of joy” for having experienced that, in the name of Christ the Lord, even the demons lose their strength. On the other hand, Jesus has perhaps seen some self-pride in the disciples for having exercised victorious power over the reality of poisonous evil for humans, like the sting of snakes and scorpions. A further and important clarification: it is the encouraging certainty of being able to overcome even the evil one in the name of Christ, but the greatest joy is that the disciples names will...