Jesus heals

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD JANUARY 20, 2021 Wednesday – Week Two WORD of the DAY  Again he entered the synagogue.  There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the Sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, “Come up here before us.” Then he said to them, “Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?” But they remained silent. Looking around at them with anger and grieved at their hardness of heart, he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored.   The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel with the Herodians against him to put him to death.      (Mark 3: 1-6) How shall I live this Word?   Here we are at the fifth dispute between Jesus and the Pharisees. “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or harm, to save a life or kill it?” In the passage preceding this, Jesus explains the meaning of respecting the Sabbath...

Mary, Mother & Disciple

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 33rd Saturday of Ordinary Time PRESENTATION of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY November 21, 2020 WORD of the DAY  For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is my brother, and sister, and mother.   (Matthew 12: 50) How shall I live this Word?   At the end of the Discourse on the mission (Mt 10), Jesus had affirmed that the missionary must be free from the bonds of blood, in order to be dedicated to the cause of the Gospel (10:37ff). In the next two chapters (11-12) Jesus encounters hostility and disputes. It is presumable that His people who seek Him want in a certain way to protect Him, to save Him from the danger of repressive actions. But Jesus, with the bond of discipleship, is generating a new, inclusive family. And the indissoluble bond with the one who generated is wonderfully redesigned. His mother, who from the beginning was consecrated to the service of the Word of God, passed on to Him the art of living and singing the Word. Now it is she who, ‘daughter of her Son’  on a journey that will reach the cross, becomes a disciple of the...

Tenth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 10th Wednesday of Ordinary Time June 12, 2019 WORD of the DAY Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5: 17-19) How shall I live this Word? The plan of God, irrevocable and perfect from the beginning, aims at full human realization. If after hearing the liberating proclamation of the Gospel for the first time, we lose the initial enthusiasm, settling for a quiet and static position, we would be similar to that tree which the Lord caused to dry up because it produced no fruit. The moral and ascetic recommendations that the Christian tradition hands down to us – what was...