REMAIN STEADFAST

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 34th Wednesday of Ordinary Time November 25, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Before all this happens,  however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking  that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death.You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.By your perseverance you will secure your lives.    (Luke 21: 12-19) How shall I live this Word?   The texts presented in the liturgy of this last week of the Liturgical Year, both in the first reading from the Apocalypse and in the Gospel, seem to be marked by disaster. However, if we go deeper into the various passages, we realize that the Word tends to give birth to a strong...

FEAST OF ST. JOHN BOSCO

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Thursday of Ordinary Time Feast of St. John Bosco Founder of the Society of St. Francis de Sales and of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians 31 January 2020 WORD of the DAY He said, “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” (Mark 4: 26-27) How shall I live this Word? The key word of today’s gospel is patience. Very effective for understanding this Word is a small story written by the biblical scholar Silvano Fausti: “A farmer was sitting on the edge of a vast clean field, without a blade of grass. He sent the children who wanted to play ball elsewhere; he diverted a wayfarer who was trampling it to go straight to his goal; he sent away a priest who asked him to build the parish works. There was nothing in that field, but the farmer was already contemplating it blond with masses of wheat. He was not deluded: appearance...

31st Wednesday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday November 7, 2018 Thirty First Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?  Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’  Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops?  But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.  In the same way, every one of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple. (Lk 14: 28-33)   How shall I live this Word? The two parables recounted by Jesus show us wise and prudent criteria of choice and urge us to calculate if we have the necessary resources to live responsibly our daily duties. Not only that, but they are an invitation...

Eleventh Saturday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Saturday June 23, 2018      Week Eleven of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?  Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?  Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.  But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.  If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?  But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.  Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.   (Mt 6: 26-30/ 33-34)   How shall I live this Word? Meditating on the beautiful passage of today’s Gospel, I said to myself that we should read it...

Thursday 2 of Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Thursday, January 18, 2018 Week Two of Ordinary Time   WORD of the DAY  I praise the word of God; I trust in God, I do not fear. What can mere flesh do to me? I have made vows to you, God; with offerings I will fulfill them  (Psalm 55: 5b, 13) How shall I live this Word? The Psalms are true for us today because they give a radiant proposal, a kind of spiritual therapy, against discouragement, disillusions, and other negativities that come and tempt us in our life. The Psalmist is A PERSON WHO is COFIDENT.  Confidence is a term that comes from trust: a word closely linked to another of great importance: The Faith.  Behold, we truly live baptism, if our life “breathes” authentic faith, that is, it becomes the certainty that the Lord is infinite goodness. In our regard, it reveals the infinite goodness of a Father who, being God, is really infinite in wanting, always and in everything, our true good. If, walking along an alpine path, we come across a centuries old cliff that is solid on the ground, we can sit down to rest; we...