Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday, February 4, 2018   WORD of the DAY  When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.  The whole town gathered at the door.  He cured many who were sick…and he drove out many demons…Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. (Mark 1: 30-38) How shall I live this Word? In today’s Gospel, Mark presents us with the first messianic day of Jesus.  Others will follow, diverse in their encounters but with the same outline: miracles, cures of many, prayers.  In turning to His Father, Jesus chooses key moments of His life: before calling His apostles; after the multiplication of the loaves; before the Passion; and His attitude ‘shows a characteristic of intimacy that has not been found in any other prayers of human beings’.  Precisely because of this evident abandonment and trust, His followers ask Him, “Teach us how to pray”.  Thus, there flows from the Teacher’s heart the precious pearl of the Our Father, that century after century revolutionizes the kind of rapport between humans and God. Today, I will...

33rd Friday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD November 24, 2017 33rd Friday in Ordinary Time Saints Andrea Dung-Lac, priest and companion Martyrs       WORD of the DAY Then Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” And every day he was teaching in the temple area. (Luke 19: 45-47) How shall I live this Word? This episode of Jesus casting out the sellers in the Temple is found in all four Gospels (Mark 11: 15-19; Mt 21: 12-13; John 2: 14-16).  This means that is it a very important teaching. It deals with just a few verses, but they are dense with meaning.  The final goal of Jesus’ journey is Jerusalem, but the objective of His last entry into the holy city is the Temple.  In fact, the infancy narratives end with Jesus entering and remaining in the Temple.  Then it is in the Temple that His disciples gather to pray and to proclaim the Word (Luke 24-53).  Now Jesus takes final possession of the Temple of...