28th Thursday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday October 18, 2018 Twenty-eighth Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.  (Luke 10: 1-3)  How shall I live this Word? This mandate is inserted in the chapter of the missionary discourse of Luke the Evangelist. The disciples’ awareness must consider how much the mission entrusted to them has something impossible and risky. Being like lambs in the midst of wolves is the metaphor that translates this. Luke summarizes in this sentence many of his experiences: fear for life in front of angry, powerful, irritated crowds and stormy seas. Yet, they do not hide or change nature and candidly proclaim Christ and Him crucified and risen. Lord, we pray for and entrust to You the many Christians who are persecuted for the faith today: like lambs in the midst of wolves, they bear witness to their faith at the risk of  their life and show us how to live the Gospel more intensely.  The Voice of St. Augustine  But although a single wolf is usually enough to upset a large flock, the sheep that had been sent among...

Fourth Thursday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday, February 1, 2018 Week Four of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.  He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. (Mark 6: 7-9) How shall I live this Word? We have all had the experience of preparing for a long and demanding trip.  We pack our bags trying to think of all the things we may need and even making a list to check and make sure we have everything.  In today’s passage, Jesus also makes a list, but His list contains all the things the disciples have to do without and not bring along.  “He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick—no food, no sack, no money in their belts”.  The disciples should not be burdened with too many things but take only what was necessary for the Word they bear and proclaim.  No material security, no useless baggage to...