Who is Jesus?

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD FEBRUARY 5, 2021  Friday – Week Four WORD of the DAY  King Herod  heard about him, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying,  “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.”  Others were saying, “He is Elijah”; still others, “He is a prophet like any of the prophets.”  But when Herod learned of it, he said, “It is John whom I beheaded. He has been raised up.” (Mark 6: 14-16) How shall I live this Word?   At the beginning of this Gospel which will end with the description of the death of John the Baptist, we find the first attempt to answer the constant question of the Gospel of Mark: “Who is Jesus?” Who is Jesus for Herod? Herod, when asked about who Jesus is for him, responds seeing the revived Baptist, ‘sees’ a reality that disturbs him and leads him to think about what he no longer wanted to think. We know well that “the roots of the eye lie in the heart”, as Romano Guardini reminds us. We often see, conditioned by the unsolved things we...

Third Saturday of Easter

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Saturday of Easter, April 21, 2018 WORD of the DAY    Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”  Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.    (John 6: 67-69)   How shall I live this Word?   It is the moment of crisis. The crowd moves away from Jesus because they refuse His message of adherence to the will of the Father.  And not only the crowd, but also the disciples, the closest, show perplexity: “Maybe you also want to leave?”.  The question of Jesus is direct, vital. Peter answers for everyone: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You alone have words of eternal life “. What is expressed by Peter is still a faith dictated above all by immediacy, by affection. Only later will the head of the apostles succeed in giving substance to this answer, although through denials and flights. Only later will he understand the lesson of the Master: the washing of the feet, that is, the one that...