Seventh Saturday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Seventh Saturday of Easter Time June 8, 2019 WORD of the DAY He remained for two full years in his lodgings. He received all who came to him, and with complete assurance and without hindrance he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 28: 30-31 ) How shall I live this Word? We are at the end of reading the Acts and we are at the end of Paul’s story. Amid a thousand troubles he arrived in Rome. He arrived there ‘forced’, and not by his own free will, sent by God. He arrived in chains, a prisoner, because the only way to make that journey was to transform the hatred and opposition of his countrymen and coreligionists who accused him and wanted him in jail and dead. Paul is the means by which the Gospel will reach Rome, then the heart of the world. His chains, his body, therefore his intelligence, his words will bring Jesus beyond the geographical and cultural boundaries of Palestine and will give the experience of Christ’s universality. His prison has walls that constrain him, but they are walls like those of...

Seventh Friday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Seventh Friday of Easter Time June 7, 2019 WORD of the DAY Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these? (John 21: 15 ) How shall I live this Word? Jesus puts Peter to the test a little. He proved faithful and unfaithful, foolish and intelligent at the same time. Yet the choice of Jesus does not change. He wants him as the leader and shepherd of the flock. He wants him a fisher of people and head of the nascent Christian community, of the Church. He does not want him perfect and infallible, but he wants him to be aware of his own fragility and strength. He wants him ‘forgiven’ and aware of being such. He wants him humble, abandoned, and therefore faithful. If we had to look at the story of Peter with disenchanted eyes, he has nothing heroic, noble or desirable. And yet he is one of the privileged witnesses that God Himself places before us, as a model of the newness that His Word has brought. In love accepted and corresponded to, fragility is transformed into strength, infidelity into fidelity, fear and cowardice into courage and...