FIRST SUNDAY of ADVENT

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 3, 2017 FIRST SUNDAY of ADVENT   WORD of the DAY Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning.  May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.    (Mark 13: 33-37)   How shall I live this Word? This Sunday begins the Season of Advent as we await the Lord who comes.  It is a future full of hope that brings us closer to God and makes us feel His loving and thoughtful presence.  He comes to save us, to communicate to us His divine life and make us all sisters and brothers. Being vigilant does not mean waiting passively as time passes.  It is above all, an act of love for the Person who is arriving.  It is preparing oneself to welcome Him with joy and make our soul receptive to the gift of the Lord.  It also means accepting to be immersed deeply in the plan of God who wants only our good and our happiness. At the same time, we are asked to respond to the trust God...

34th Tuesday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 28, 2017 34th Tuesday in Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky. (Luke 21: 10-11) How shall I live this Word? These words that Jesus said two thousand years ago seem to be said for today.  The same wars, the same famines, even the terrifying events from the sky that immediately remind us of the violent and disastrous destruction of the Twin Towers.  So, can we still hope?  Certainly!  Jesus’ message is always given in the certainty that we are perennially and greatly loved.  In fact, after having listed the chilling disasters, there comes the promise of the tenderness and the care of a father: “Not even one hair of your head will be lost”.  The Voice of a Believer   More than the others, Christians must work, must give, must serve others, must love.  Only in this way can we await the Day of the Lord without fear.  Jesus sees the wars, revolutions,...