Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday October 4, 2018 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Twenty-seventh Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   For neither does circumcision mean anything, nor does uncircumcision, but only a new creation. (Galatians 6: 15)    How shall I live this Word?   The old world, clinging to an old mentality and old customs, is so close to many people that every novelty upsets them, saddens them, even makes them fall into depression. Thus too, in the time of Jesus, many could not give up on the idea that circumcision had run its course. It was in fact a rite that attested the belonging of the circumcised child to the people of Israel and therefore to that ancient Covenant to which the people were faithful.  Jesus however, as He Himself said, had not come to abolish the Covenant with God, but rather to make it new. He is so committed to this renewal that He ‘certifies’ it with His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. This is why in Him we become ‘new creatures’. Jesus knew well that His Gospel is comparable to the ‘new wine’: something that revives and gives tone but...