Hope fulfilled

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD CHRISTMAS TUESDAY December 29, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel,  and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God.   (Luke 2: 25-28) How shall I live this Word?   Simeon is a man who is not living in the past, but is open to the future with joy and availability. His scrupulous observance of the Law does not bind him to human traditions, but impels him towards the future, making him understand that no matter how much good we can do, we are not completely fulfilled here on this earth, but we must desire a path that stretches up to the sky. In the Temple of Jerusalem, man who is wise by...

HOLY FAMILY

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD CHRISTMAS SUNDAY HOLY FAMILY FEAST JESUS, MARY, JOSEPH December 27, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.  (Luke 2: 29-32) How shall I live this Word?   Every time we participate in a liturgy, enter a church, we should repeat the experience of Simeon who knows how to recognize the presence of Christ in the face of the smallness and disarming innocence of a baby. While repeating daily gestures and prayers, we can transfigure them by living them as unique and unrepeatable, and thus we too enter the sacred space of the encounter with Jesus in the flesh. The Old Testament spoke of a God who walked powerfully into His Temple, amidst the blare of trumpets and acclamations, while on the contrary, the God of Jesus Christ enters almost without us noticing, and allows Himself to be welcomed by human arms. Even in our families we will live well, we will live better, when...

Jesus weeps for us

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 33rd Thursday of Ordinary Time November 19, 2020 WORD of the DAY  You did not recognize the time of your visitation. (Luke 19: 44b) How shall I live this Word?   Today, Jesus’ tears evangelize us. And they give sound, high resonance to His words. In the face of unloved love, only tears resist. And they open up a future that is not in vain. Those very human and divine tears teach us to elaborate in faith the hour of darkness, of the powerlessness to help, of the clash with the mystery of freedom that can make love fruitless. “Crying together is the Kingdom”, said a contemporary writer (Sergio Quinzio). And he added: “Weeping is a plantation for the future, it mixes the earth into bricks: a celestial Zion raised with weeping”.  Jesus crying is the Gospel of the Beatitudes made flesh. By calling the afflicted blessed, Jesus blessed all men and women of history and of the earth. We enter the world crying, and mute crying is often our last word before we leave it. As Job teaches us, there is also a cry of animals, trees, earth, worms. There are more...