Fifth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Wednesday of Ordinary Time February 12, 2020 WORD of the DAY He summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile… But what comes out of a person, that is what defiles. From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, impurity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.” (Mark 7: 14-15/20-23) How shall I live this Word? Jesus always brings us back to the truth of things. Here He says that life is not good or bad depending on what is outside of us and which then enters us. The reference is not to what Israel considers pure or impure in food. It is not the problem of what is around me that adjusts or ruins my life. It is not the problem of blaming what has happened to us, what is outside, what we encounter. Rather, Jesus invites us to ask ourselves with what kind of heart we are living...

Fifth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday, February 7, 2018   WORD of the DAY  He summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand.  Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”    (Mark 7: 14-15) How shall I live this Word? Today, the evangelist Mark continues to propose to us the true message of the Lord, that is, the good news that at the center of our relationship with God is our heart, our interior life, and not that which is superficial and exterior.  The same tradition, when articulated as usages and precepts made by men, (and the Jews had many) leads to a formal observance where the person entrusts to cold fulfillment the goodness of his actions.  Instead, the Teacher desires from those who want to follow Him, the totality of their existence: thoughts, emotions, will, affectivity.  He wants everything that makes us whole, unique, and dedicated. In my prayer today, I will say: Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Yours. The Voice of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin, Scientist and Theologian The specific...

Fifth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Tuesday, February 6, 2018   WORD of the DAY   He responded, “Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.    (Mark 7: 6-8) How shall I live this Word? The religion of Jesus is Gospel newness in content and in style, which in no way fits with the world’s outlook.  Jesus launches the program of an ecology of the heart.  The heart that is pleasing to God is a clean heart that does not descend into pettiness, does listen to criticism, and does not participate in grumbling about people who are absent.  In fact, all this distances us from the heart of the Gospel and therefore from Jesus.  Such an attitude pollutes our thoughts, our life, and that of others.  It is a poison very difficult to neutralize once it spreads.  Let us listen to a true story told by a saint. One time a woman went to confession to St. Philip Neri, accusing herself of having spread gossip about some people.  The saint gave...