Fifth Wednesday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fifth Wednesday of Easter Time May 22, 2019 WORD of the DAY Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in them will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. (John 15: 4-8) How shall I live this Word? In the land of Palestine where Jesus had lived His divine-human reality, it was not difficult to gather good fruit. However, the farmer also had the experience of finding some branch that instead of bearing fruit, offered only leaves. At the proper time, the good vine dresser pruned the vine so that it would give the expected fruit....

Fourth Friday of Easter

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Fourth Friday of Easter Time May 17, 2019 WORD of the DAY When they had accomplished all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and placed him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These are [now] his witnesses before the people. We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you that what God promised our ancestors he has brought to fulfillment for us, (their) children, by raising up Jesus, as it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my son; this day I have begotten you’. (Acts 13: 29-33) How shall I live this Word? We know that the Acts of the Apostles narrate what happened at the beginning of the Church after the Israelites and their leaders had arrived at the perverse death sentence of Jesus in Jerusalem. Here we note an important clarification for our faith. By deciding to kill Christ Jesus, they actually fulfilled what had been announced in the enlightened texts of the prophets about the death of Christ followed by...

Third Saturday of Easter Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Saturday of Easter Time May 11, 2019 WORD of the DAY  Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”  Since Jesus knew that his disciples were murmuring about this, he said to them, “Does this shock you?  What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before?  It is the spirit that gives life, while the flesh  is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.  But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus knew from the beginning the ones who would not believe and the one who would betray him.  And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by my Father.”  As a result of this, many [of] his disciples returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.  Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”  Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We...

Second Wednesday of Lent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Wednesday of Lent, March 20, 2019 WORD of the DAY  As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve [disciples] aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”   (Matthew 20: 17-19)   How shall I live this Word? Today’s Gospel presents us with three points: the third announcement of the passion; the request of the mother of the sons of Zebedee; and the discussion of the disciples for the first place. However, it is an uphill journey towards Jerusalem, towards the Passion and death. It is a journey of fear in which Jesus does not spare the apostles the painful prophecy of everything that will have to happen to Him. And while He predicts it for His Twelve, He already suffers it in the first person. It is the anxiety of His nights. It...

Third Friday of Easter

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Friday of Easter, April 20, 2018 WORD of the DAY   Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.  Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me.    (John 6: 56-57)  How shall I live this Word? The term remain, so dear to the evangelist John, is introduced here for the first time in his Gospel. It means communion of life. It is the typical term of love. The reality of two beings, though remaining distinct, remain in one another. It is the song of reciprocity. Therefore, it can happen that those who participate in the Eucharist without thinking about what they are doing do not enter into communion with the Lord. On the contrary, to love means to consciously welcome the other “to become his home” to remain and make Him remain.   In prayer, I will ask the Lord Jesus to grant that I may remain in Him and that He will make me His dwelling. The voice of Theologians, Dombes Group  Sharing...