GOOD NEWS

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SECOND SUNDAY of ADVENT December 6, 2020 WORD of the DAY  As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way.  A voice of one crying out in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’”  John [the] Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.           (Mark 1: 1-4) How shall I live this Word?   We are facing a beginning, which does not only concern the Gospel of Mark or the liturgical season. This beginning, this Gospel, this Good News, is the beginning, the origin of the new time, of the ‘new creation’. It is the man Jesus of Nazareth who is the Christ, the Messiah, but also the Son of God. The whole Gospel of Mark will be an unraveling in recognizing Jesus as the Messiah, (and this will be done by Peter in Mk 8:29) and the Son of God (from the Roman/pagan centurion under the cross (15:39). The Baptist gives us the key, teaches us a path to get to know the Messiah and the Son...

Fourth Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday, February 7, 2019 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. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there”. (Mark: 6: 7-10) How shall I live this Word? The mission is not ‘to get busy like solitary beaters’, like self-referential people, but rather to be people who live in communion, discussion, sharing. The intrinsic message of the mission is precisely this: to be witnesses of communion, of the Triune God. With Jesus we can live ‘together’ the conversion ‘from the I to the US’, calling by name the temptation’ to always justify ‘doing alone, acting in a hurry, to be the first’. This fight against the evil that divides us and isolates us find its weapons in always wanting to choose the US, in helping us keep our heart alert to the anesthesia of things and...

Second Saturday of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday, January 26, 2019 Week 2 of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  After this the Lord appointed seventy[-two]  others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.  He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.  Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.   Carry no money  bag,  no sack, no sandals;  and greet no one along the way.  Into whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’  If a peaceful person  lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.  Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another.  Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you.      (Luke: 10: 1-9)   How shall I live this Word?   Feeling like an outnumbered minority, unable to bring the work to completion with our strength...

CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday, January 25, 2019 CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL APOSTLE Week 2 of Ordinary Time WORD of the DAY  He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.  These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages.  They will pick up serpents [with their hands], and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.               (Mark: 16: 15-18)   How shall I live this Word?   The life of a believer is a ‘risen’ life; it is pure power triggered in the field of a world mined by outright distrust. As Paul’s universalism testifies to us, it becomes the eloquent manifestation of beauty, richness, sweetness, magnanimity, strength of a God who wants to reach out to every creature. The nature of humanity is in itself ‘symbol’ and ‘sign’ that refers to something beyond itself. Those who know me by sight, recognize the features of my parents.  Those...