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...

26th Saturday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday October 6, 2018 Twenty-sixth Week of Ordinary Time  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? It seems we can see those 72 disciples returning from their missionary experience fully reassured and now report the outcome to the Lord. Jesus does not extinguish that enthusiasm, perhaps a little soaked with … ‘boasting’. However, He gives a touch of directional wisdom to their agitated state. It is not the case to rejoice because they were able to conquer the opposition of the devil to their good work.  Instead, Jesus invites these good and courageous people not to stop there, but to go further. On which road? Here, on the one...