October 1, Monday 2018 St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday October 1, 2018 St. Theresa of the Child Jesus    WORD of the DAY   Then Job arose and tore his cloak and cut off his hair. He fell to the ground and worshiped.  He said, “Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I go back there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!”       (Job 1: 20-22)   How shall I live this Word? We all know the events of Job’s life.  He was a man who possessed great wealth and led a God-fearing life.  All was going well in his home and it was full steam ahead.  However, trials and disgrace came upon him heavily, and he was tempted to rebel against God. But he was able to take heart and live a real and deep faith, just like the one that we, people of the new covenant are called to live in fullness.  This restored faith of Job becomes a true conversion, opens up to God’s horizons that lead us to understand how the Creator of everything who loved and loves us so much can do as...

Second Saturday of Eastertide

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Second Saturday of Easter, April 14, 2018 WORD of the DAY  The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.  When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they began to be afraid.  But he said to them, “It is I.  Do not be afraid.”  They wanted to take him into the boat, but the boat immediately arrived at the shore to which they were heading.      (John 6: 18-21)   How shall I live this Word? Today’s Gospel (it is still chapter 6 of John) shows an episode that alludes to the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, which is the theme of this Easter season. In fact, the Lord who walks on the sea is the type and prefiguration of Jesus who conquers death. In fact, in the biblical and Jewish world, death is often symbolized by the sea (see Psalms 77.20, 107.23-30, Gb 9.8 …). It is a symbolic way of talking about suffering, pain and death. Here Jesus walks on the ‘sea’ and presents Himself as the victor over evil and death....