Behold the Lamb of God

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD MONDAY 2 after CHRISTMAS JANUARY 4, 2021 WORD of the DAY   The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”  The two disciples  heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon. (John 1: 35-39) How shall I live this Word?   Jesus begins His journey which, from beyond the Jordan, leads to Jerusalem. Along the way, He meets the Baptist, a man of expectation, who is able to intuit the event of the Messiah’s coming in Christ Jesus. And it is always John who is able to communicate to others the fulfillment of the promise of a Savior who becomes flesh in the Jewish man, Jesus of Nazareth. From this moment: “The adventure of the disciples...

31st Friday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Friday of Ordinary Time November 6, 2020 WORD of the DAY Then he also said to his disciples, “A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.’ The steward said to himself, ‘What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.’ He called in his master’s debtors one by one. To the first he said, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He replied, ‘One hundred measures of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.’ Then to another he said, ‘And you, how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘One hundred kors of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Here is your promissory note; write...

31st Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 31st Tuesday of Ordinary Time November 3, 2020 WORD of the DAY One of his fellow guests on hearing this said to him, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the kingdom of God.” He replied to him, “A man gave a great dinner to which he invited many. When the time for the dinner came, he dispatched his servant to say to those invited, ‘Come, everything is now ready.’ But one by one, they all began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, ‘I have purchased a field and must go to examine it; I ask you, consider me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen and am on my way to evaluate them; I ask you, consider me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have just married a woman, and therefore I cannot come.’ The servant went and reported this to his master. Then the master of the house in a rage commanded his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in here the poor and the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ The servant reported, ‘Sir, your orders...

Second Monday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Monday of EASTER TIME April 20, 2020 WORD of the DAY Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?” Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’ The wind* blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it...

Third Thursday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Thursday of Ordinary Time 30 January 2020 WORD of the DAY He also told them, “Take care what you hear. The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you. To the one who has, more will be given; from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” (Mark 4: 24-25) How shall I live this Word? The great commandment repeated several times in the Bible “Shema Israel” summed up the invitation of the Lord to His people and set the tone for the daily life of the true Israelite. For us too there is the same invitation from the Master in the Gospel today, which requires every believer to have intelligent and faithful attention to His Word. Hence the deepening of our faith and the possibility of entering into a closer communion with Jesus, with His heart. He revealed and reveals to us the new face of God which we can recognize and rejoice. Yesterday, as today, the teaching of Jesus is different from the teachings that can come to us from advertising, from consumption, from...