27TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME, FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI October 4, 2020 WORD of the DAY “Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce… Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit. (Matthew 21: 33-34/43) How shall I live this Word? “The kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produce its fruits”. But why does Jesus tell us this? Did the wicked peasants of the story not harvest much abundant and good fruit, and for this very reason they wanted to keep it? Did they not produce fruit with their work? It is not enough. Jesus tells us that it is not enough that there is fruit produced by the vine, even if abundant, and He makes us understand that this...

SECOND FRIDAY OF EASTER TIME

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD SECOND FRIDAY of EASTER TIME April 24, 2020 WORD of the DAY When Jesus raised his eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, he said to Philip, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” (John 6: 5) How shall I live this Word? A large crowd follows Jesus. Men, women, and children have walked behind the Master and are now tired and hungry. It seems impossible to find food for all those people. Instead of complaining about this really difficult situation, Andrew finds a boy with five loaves and two fish. Very little to satisfy the hunger of five thousand. So what to do? Jesus asks people to sit on the ground. Then He multiplies the food, the ration of the poor. The text says: “Then Jesus took the loaves and, after giving thanks, distributed them to those who had sat down, and He did the same with the fish, as much as they wanted.” With this phrase, written in the year 100 after Christ, John evokes the gesture of the Last Supper. The Eucharist, when it is celebrated properly, will lead people to share as...

Second Friday of Eastertide

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Friday of Easter, April 13, 2018 WORD of the DAY  One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many? Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted.      (John 6: 8-9, 11)   How shall I live this Word? Today the liturgy begins to present us a very famous chapter of the Gospel of John, known as the discourse on the “Bread of life” (chapter 6). It will accompany us on these two days of the present week and throughout the following week. In today’s text, the Evangelist notes a very significant detail, highlighted above: “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what is this for so many people? “(v. 9). It is precisely from these few loaves that the Lord works the great ‘sign’ that anticipates the miracle of the ‘Eucharistic bread’. Who was that boy? We are not told his name, but...