Posted by: livingscripture | June 26, 2019

12th Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12th Wednesday of Ordinary Time
June 26, 2019

WORD of the DAY

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7: 15)

How shall I live this Word?

In this context, the false prophets are not those who say wrong things, but those who do not do what they say.
The real danger is not that of saying wrong things, after all, the Gospel is clear enough. The problem is doing the Gospel, living it. The false prophet is the one who lives this inconsistency between saying and doing and makes this inconsistency a system of life instead of the place of conversion. Now we all have this inconsistency, it’s part of our life. So? We can say that we are called to be true prophets, that is, to be those who, before calling others to conversion, call themselves and we are all urgently called to this conversion!

May Your Spirit Jesus daily give us the courage to live the Word of Your Gospel!

The Voice of Pope Francis, Homily at St. Martha, January 7, 2014

If this is in line with the Lord, you will be fine, but if it is not … Test the spirits to see if they really come from God, because many false prophets have come into the world. Prophets or prophecies or proposals: “I want to do this!” But this does not lead you to the Lord, it takes you away from Him. This requires vigilance. The Christian is a man or a woman who knows how to watch over their heart. And many times our heart, with so many things that come and go, seems like a local market: full of everything, you find everything there … No! We must test if this is of the Lord or is not – to remain in the Lord.
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Posted by: livingscripture | June 25, 2019

12th Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12th Tuesday of Ordinary Time
June 25, 2019

WORD of the DAY

Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7: 6)

How shall I live this Word?

This rather harsh saying of Jesus is likely to have taken it from a popular proverb that had ritual “purity” as its theme. In the words of Jesus, among other things, two traditionally “unclean” animals appear, the dog and the pig. But what did Jesus want to emphasize? Certainly He does not care so much about the observance of some rule of “purity” ritual, also because He is often reproached for His liberties in this regard,
What, then, is the message He wants to give? Jesus says that the holy and precious doctrine of the Gospel can fall into the hands of people who abuse it, deform it and reject it. But who are they? At first glance we can think of the hypocritical scribes and Pharisees, but we must not, however, ignore another profile that is somewhat disconcerting for us
Now, the cultural and religious Judaism to which Christ humanly belonged considered gojîm, the pagans, to be impure like dogs. We remember Jesus’ answer at first to the Syro-Phoenician woman who asks Him to heal her daughter: “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs”. Jesus also lived His journey of discernment. Jesus lived in His culture and He too gradually discovered the horizons of His mission. We must not forget that the heart of Christianity is in the Incarnation: Jesus was human like us. He too had to come to terms with life, to distinguish between what is good and what is bad, between what is good and what is best, which is very important. And life is a teacher if we know how to listen, but not only. A question can help us: does what I do really help to make me and the other grow? If yes, I do it. If not, and I sense that those in front of me are not able to accept or understand what I propose, or simply think it is bad, for the moment I do not do it. Because the Truth, the Good is to be done but with Respect, Charity, Love!

O Lord, make my heart meek and humble like Yours!

The Voice of Mother Mary Mazzarello, Letter 35: 3
Freely do all that charity requires!
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Posted by: livingscripture | June 24, 2019

Birth of John the Baptist

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12th Monday of Ordinary Time
Birth of St. John the Baptist
June 24, 2019

WORD of the DAY

When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John”. (Luke 1: 59-60)

How shall I live this Word?
Zechariah asked for a tablet and wrote: “John is his name”. “(Lk 1: 63) The name John derives from the Hebrew name (Yochanan) composed by Yehō- (or Yah, abbreviation of Yahweh, which in Jewish tradition is the name of God and from chānān (or hanan, which means “had mercy”, or “had grace” or “was merciful”). The overall meaning can be interpreted as “YHWH is merciful”, “YHWH favored”, perhaps in reference to the birth of a long-awaited child. The name represents identity, essence. The name hides the mission, the vocation that God has written in the life of each human being, in the life of this prophet, that he will learn to know in time, in the events of his life. And it is so for each one of us: God has pronounced on us a name that represents His dream and therefore our identity. Elizabeth has the courage to recognize this name given by God and not ‘from flesh’, and accepts this name in freedom. They are children of God first of all and not appendages related to nature. They are identities called to discover and respond to their name, not to anything else!

Help me Lord to understand that I am accomplishing Your Dream for me! help me to be faithful to Your plan of happiness

The Voice of Pope Francis, Angelus, June 24, 2018

May the Holy Virgin help us to understand that in every human person there is the imprint of God, the source of life. She, Mother of God and our Mother, makes us more and more aware that in the generation of a child parents act as collaborators of God. A truly sublime mission that makes each family a sanctuary of life and awakens – every birth of a child – joy, amazement, gratitude!

Posted by: livingscripture | June 23, 2019

SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12th Sunday of Ordinary Time
SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI
June 23, 2019

WORD of the DAY

The crowds, meanwhile, learned of this and followed him. He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.” He said to them, “Give them some food yourselves. (Luke 9: 11-13)

How shall I live this Word?
Being welcomed, educated, healed, nourished by Jesus are the attitudes which drew the crowds who had set out to seek and follow the Master. It is His Style, fully human because divine: feeding the body, the mind, the heart and healing the body, the mind, the heart. They are not surrogates that are offered, but His Life, the total gift of Himself: His Body and His Blood. This teaches His disciples to live the same dynamic, to take charge, not to leave it to others. The Lord Jesus by giving us His Body and Blood to remain with us asks each one of us to make ourselves a gift of His Presence, to become a hand, a foot, a heart! We bless and thank you Lord!

Your Body and Your Blood Jesus are the gift through which You wanted to remain with us, Gifts of intimacy and strength. Only if we are fed of You and by You, can we become bread broken for our sisters and brothers. AMEN!

The Voice of Pope Francis, Homily of May 30, 2013

Where does the invitation come from that Jesus makes the disciples feed the multitude themselves? It comes from two elements: first of all from the crowd that, following Jesus, is outside, away from the inhabited places, while it is evening, and then by the concern of the disciples who ask Jesus to dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the neighboring towns to find food and lodging (Cf. Lk 9:12). Faced with the necessity of the crowd, here is the solution of the disciples: everyone thinks of him/herself; dismiss the crowd! How many times do we Christians have this temptation! We do not take on the needs of others, dismissing them with a pitiful: “May God help you”, or with a not so pitiful: “Good luck”… But Jesus’ solution goes in another direction, a direction that surprises the disciples: “You feed them” …It is a moment of profound communion: the crowd quenched by the word of the Lord, is now nourished by His bread of life. And all were satisfied.

 

Posted by: livingscripture | June 22, 2019

Eleventh Saturday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

11th Saturday of Ordinary Time

June 22, 2019

WORD of the DAY 

 

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?  So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’  All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.   (Matthew 6: 30-32)

 

 

How shall I live this Word?

Once again, using daily, simple images, Jesus speaks to us about the tenderness of the Father, about His care for all of us. We can rest assured and trust the One who, in addition to dressing the grass in the field with magnificent colors, knows our needs and responds to our expectations. The will of the Teacher to show the Father is very moving; His fatherly face is recalled 195 times in the Gospels, always in an attitude of caring, benevolence, mercy. So let us distance worry and inconclusive concerns, which take up space and time from our occupations. The mantra of the Christian is “Live the moment and live it in love”.

  

Today I will often repeat slowly the prayer Jesus taught us, ‘Our Father’, and I will let myself be wrapped in His tenderness.

The Voice of L. Cerfeaux, Theologian

Concrete immediate trust in Divine Providence is like the tassel of hope’s mantle.

 

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | June 21, 2019

Eleventh Friday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
11th Friday of Ordinary Time
June 21, 2019

WORD of the DAY

The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness. And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be! (Matthew 6: 22-23)

How shall I live this Word?

Having pure eyes is what is asked of us several times in the Gospel. The purity of the gaze on people, events, things makes us radiant and then “the whole body will be filled with light”. The way we look, evaluate, think, feel, walk, and act depends on the eye and the heart, which makes a person radiant or dark, and also the reality that surrounds them. From this radiance springs the positive thoughts, the joy of being together, the wonder and awe in front of creation and creatures.

The Voice of Henry Newman, a Great Convert

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene, one step enough for me.

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | June 20, 2019

Eleventh Thursday in Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
11th Thursday of Ordinary Time
June 20, 2019

WORD of the DAY

In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven… (Matthew 6: 7-9)

How shall I live this Word?

Praying is being myself, finite and open to infinity. Prayer is not made of many words that do not communicate anything. Praying means abiding in God. He is at our door and asks us to come in and dine with us. He knocks insistently. It is up to us to open because the bolt is on our side. He awaits our response as a Father and listens to our requests, which He already knows. He even suggests the words, the meaning of our invocation. It is turning to the Father that Jesus taught us. It is calling God “our Father” in a chorus of brothers and sisters who together feel they are His children and thus can overcome the fatigue and at times, the fear of living. There is Someone who scrutinizes the horizon for our return from afar and comes to embrace us.

The Voice of St. Teresa of Avila
Since He is our Father, He must bear us despite the gravity of our offenses. He must forgive us when we return to Him as the prodigal son. He must console us in suffering. He must nourish us, as befits a Father like He is.

 

 

Posted by: livingscripture | June 19, 2019

Eleventh Wednesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
11th Wednesday of Ordinary Time
June 19, 2019

WORD of the DAY

When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. (Matthew 6: 2-4)

How shall I live this Word?

Another appeal of the Teacher towards interiority. The relationship with Him escapes from the spectacular and finds its root in the intimate. It is the unconsciousness of self, “Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” in order to reflect on the glory of God. When you pray, dwell in your heart and listen to Jesus knocking at your door. He wants to come to dine with you and give you the source of life. In the silence of your being, listen to the inner Teacher, who with unspeakable groans repeats ‘Abba, Father’. It is the pinnacle of bliss… the joy of union in the heart of the Trinity.

The Voice of Silvano Fausti, Biblist
In me there is an inner place, isolated from the outside, from where I draw my life. It seems dark, but it is the very source of light. It is my window to God, from which my ‘I’ springs. There I am myself, and God is more in me than I am. In that ‘secret’ place I am what I am, because face to face with “I Am”. There I draw what is needed to live, indeed the very source of life.

 

Posted by: livingscripture | June 18, 2019

Eleventh Tuesday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
11th Tuesday of Ordinary Time
June 18, 2019

WORD of the DAY

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust… So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5: 43-48)

How shall I live this Word?

The words we meditated on yesterday become even more demanding. It is not enough to love our neighbor, all those who are close to us and somehow friends. You need to go further: to love those who are your enemies and try to hurt you. Look with a good eye at those who deceive you and tell lies about you. Endure those who persecute you and discredit you, afflicting you with rudeness and vulgarity. You are even asked to pray for those who hate you. And the term of comparison is very high; the measure of holiness is God himself who “makes his sun rise on the wicked and on the good”. The heavenly Father is also called to the field, because if you want to be considered His child, the commandment of love is the point of departure and arrival of your life.

The Voice of Silvano Fausti, Biblist
God does not cut off light and water to those who do not pay their bills. His sun and His rain, His love and His mercy are for everyone because He recognizes everyone as His children, waiting for someone to recognize Him as Father, accepting others as brothers and sisters.

 

Posted by: livingscripture | June 17, 2019

Eleventh Monday of Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

11th Monday of Ordinary Time

June 17, 2019

WORD of the DAY 

You have heard that it was said,  ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on [your] right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.  If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well.     (Matthew 5: 38-40)

 

How shall I live this Word?

The discourse of Jesus is demanding and very far from the rules of the world, from the law of retaliation, which has always seemed to want to regulate justice. Regardless of the hostility His statements will bring Him, the Master instead opens the path of mercy.  And He proposes an alphabet concretized in some actions that can overcome evil with good: do not oppose the wicked.  The first rule is in fact to oppose evil and not those who perform it.  If one hits you on the right cheek, give him the other: availability and tolerance. To those who want to take your tunic, leave your cloak as well: give up your right.   And again, accept to walk a piece of the road with those who usually annoy you and criticize you.  In short, devoid of what is yours or is due to you, and you will be closer to the Son of Man, who ‘stripped Himself’ for our salvation.

  

The Voice of Silvano Fausti, Biblist

Jesus proposes and gives the new economy of love that overcomes that of egoism. It places itself in a different perspective, that of the “excessive” justice of the Father. Only this overcomes evil. In the background there is the cross of the Son of man who bears the evil of His brothers and sisters, and thus accomplishes all righteousness.

 

 

 

 

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