Fifth Saturday of Easter

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Saturday of Easter, May 5, 2018  WORD of the DAY   During [the] night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words, “Come over to Macedonia and help us”.    (Acts 16: 9)   How shall I live this Word? It is interesting to follow the itinerary of St. Paul in his going to evangelize some citizens of Asia Minor, a trip that is under the sign of a sure guide, that of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle is no longer accompanied by Barnabas, but by Timothy.  He is the one to whom he will later write letters that are useful to us today as well to understand not only the doctrine but also the heart of Paul.  Here we see him totally dedicated to the mission of evangelization. A noteworthy fact is that even at night he is instructed in this regard.  So much so, that a Macedonian appears to him and begs him to go to Macedonia with the aim of helping them with his proclamation of the newness of Christ. Immediately attentive and totally open to God’s will, Paul and Timothy leave quickly...

Fifth Monday of Easter

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Monday of Easter, April 30, 2018  WORD of the DAY  We proclaim to you good news that you should turn from these idols to the living God. (Acts 14: 15b)  How shall I live this Word? It is a page that catches your attention, also because what is narrated alternates between the exciting and the amusing. Paul, together with Barnabas, with whom he was announcing the Good News, was in Lystra: a city of Asia Minor.  Here he met a man paralyzed from birth. This poor man was there to listen to Paul’s sermon; when the latter met his gaze, he noted that he had faith and wished to be healed. Thus, he said loudly: “Stand up straight”.  At that moment the man was healed, and he was able to walk. A sort of delirium broke out in the crowd that immediately believed they were dealing with the presence of two deities: none other than Zeus and Hermes. There was great enthusiasm and greater confusion as they brought votive crowns and were about to offer sacrifices in honor of Paul and Barnabas, the presumed deities. They, for their part, were dismayed...