Second Sunday after Christmas

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Sunday after Christmas January 5, 2020 WORD of the DAY He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name. (John 1: 11-12) How shall I live this Word? In some of our inland towns I still see on the doors of the historic center, the house keys inserted in the door lock. Anyone can enter. It is these simple and welcoming environments that warm my heart in the ongoing Christmas season. The good news of the coming of Jesus into the world travels more easily through the narrow and populated streets, climbs up the irregular and narrow stairways flanking damp walls half deprived of the plaster. It is being welcomed in rustic environments, enlivened by a hearth, where the essentials of life help us to recognize the value of things and to call each one with the right name, without words. I see Jesus in the faces and smiles of those who still hope and are busy, and I remember that He chose this...

Eleventh Friday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Friday June 22, 2018      Week Eleven of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be.        (Mt 6: 21-23)   How shall I live this Word? In today’s Gospel, Jesus mentions the two most important organs of our body: the heart and the eye and attributes to the latter an interesting (simple) adjective. “The lamp of the body is the eye; so if your eye is simple (haplous), your whole body will be bright, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be dark.”  The heart and the eye refer to each other and play a related function in our body, in intimate interdependence of each other. The eye presides over physical illumination and turns out to be the most expressive synthesis of the whole person. “The eye is the mirror of the soul”,...

Second Thursday of Advent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 14, 2017 Second Thursday of Advent St. John of the Cross       WORD of the DAY Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.            (Matthew 11: 11) How shall I live this Word? Jesus could not give greater praise than the one reserved for His precursor:  John the Baptist whom the people justly admired.  And yet, this praise is like the platform for another affirmation that may seem to be, but is not, foolish. Yes, the littlest one of the Kingdom is greater than the highest ascetic of the Old Testament.  It is like saying:  the hill I see from my window is higher than Mount Everest with its 8882 meters of height (the highest mountain in the world!).  We need to ask ourselves what kind of greatness Jesus sees in the little ones. I think it is really simplicity of heart and of life.  Those who are simple (or hope to become so with God’s grace), do not lose energy in trying to appear...