First Friday of Advent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 7, 2018 FIRST Friday of ADVENT  WORD of the DAY   On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see.    (Isaiah  29: 18)   How shall I live this Word? There is deafness and blindness that we do not recognize as part of a disease. Yet they intercept and deform knowledge. This often happens with regard to the Word of God. The choice of God to let His Word be mediated by language is extremely courageous. It is also fragile, misunderstood, interpretable from a thousand points of view, determined also by that blindness and deafness of which we spoke before. Yet the Bible is a privileged place of God’s Revelation and we call it Sacred, without doubting. The Jewish experience shows us how the same revelation, the same Word of God produces different outcomes in people. When God’s Word is heard also by the ears of a deaf person and is read and proclaimed by the eyes and the mouth of a blind person, the Messiah has arrived, He is among us! Lord, do not...

Eighth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Wednesday  May 30, 2018 Week Eight of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere mutual love, love one another intensely from a [pure] heart.  You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God.   (1 Peter 1: 22-23)     How shall I live this Word? The apostle Peter returns to talk about regeneration. This, moreover, is more understandable if one considers that, according to the majority of the exegetes, at least this first part of the letter constituted the text of an ancient homily for baptisms: and baptism is precisely the sacrament of regeneration. Today, the apostle links the theme of regeneration to the image of the seed: in fact, in the living universe, the seed is the principle of every generation. All creatures generated in creation, however, are subject to corruption. This also applies to human life: the paternal seed from which we derive is corruptible, so that each of us is unavoidably destined to die. But here, the sad chain of births and deaths can be interrupted because a seed of...