who trusts in the Lord

February 17, 2019 6:00 am

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD. He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes; its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.” (JER 17: 7-8)

When we “trust in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord,” we can experience a totally new way of life. We can experience His presence in our daily lives: He protects, He leads, He comes with comfort and support; He sends friends and inspirations; He really takes care of us.

“Rejoice and be glad; your reward will be great in heaven.” (Gospel Acclamation)

In toil shall you eat its yield all the days of your life

February 16, 2019 6:00 am

“To the man he said: ‘Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat, ‘Cursed be the ground because of you! In toil shall you eat its yield all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you, as you eat of the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face shall you get bread to eat, Until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dirt, and to dirt you shall return.’”” (GN 3: 17-19)

Sometimes we listen to these words about work and the effort it requires as a punishment (read: God’s revenge for original sin). Such a perspective makes us treat work as a curse, a necessity which destroys people, taking away their best years. But God, in His wisdom, made a work as a means to restore our dignity. Through the difficulty of work we can partially regain what we lost through original sin—our inner harmony. We should remember that work was given to us before the original sin was committed.

“One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” (Gospel Acclamation)

He spoke plainly

February 15, 2019 6:00 am

“He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ (that is, ‘Be opened!’’) And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.” (MK 7: 33-35)

Our Lord started with “Be opened!” “And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.” First of all his “ears were opened” because to communicate we need to listen first. Communication is about meeting others, understanding others and sharing our love with others. After this “his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.”

“Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.” (Gospel Acclamation)

She replied and said to him

February 14, 2019 6:00 am

“The woman was a Greek, a Syrophoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.’ She replied and said to him, ‘Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.’ Then he said to her, ‘For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.’ When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.” (MK 7: 26-30)

Our Lord was happy with her dialog. She was so concerned, not about herself, but about her daughter. She fought for her daughter and was able to accept all kinds of humiliation. The same happens when couples are fighting for their spouses’ good, not for themselves.

“Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you and is able to save your souls.” (Gospel Acclamation)

From his heart

February 13, 2019 6:00 am

“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him. From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within and they defile.” (MK 7: 20-23)

How frightening it is—all of these horrible things could be in our hearts. How important it is to protect our hearts and make them full of gentleness, respect and the free, creative and joyful gift of self. When our hearts are connected with Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart, we can bring so many benefits to our relatives and friends.

“Your word, O Lord, is truth: consecrate us in the truth.” (Gospel Acclamation)

They laid the sick in the marketplaces

February 11, 2019 6:00 am

“Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.” (MK 6: 56)

Meeting Jesus means that we would like to share Him with others. We take care of the most wounded people in need; for example, participants of our Programs want to bring the benefits of it to friends and relatives. Love always wants to share.

“Jesus preached the Gospel of the Kingdom and cured every disease among the people.” (Gospel Acclamation)

at your command

February 10, 2019 6:00 am

“After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.’ Simon said in reply, ‘Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.” (LK 5: 4-6)

“Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets”—this is about trust and about faith. When we bring our relationship to the Program I and You equals WE, Jesus will invite us put it “into deep water.” We could be tired of trying to survive in our relationship, but when we are invited by Our Lord, we can experience miracles.

“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Gospel Acclamation)

a deserted place

February 9, 2019 6:00 am

“He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.” (MK 6: 31-32)

All of us need “a deserted place and [to] rest a while.” We are busy as workers, as parents and friends; there is no time for us to be just who we really are: husbands and wives. A weekend with a spouse to reflect our identity during the I and You = We Program helps to rest and enjoy our true selves.

“My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Wherever you enter a house

February 7, 2019 6:00 am

“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave from there. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” (MK 6: 10-11)

“Wherever you enter a house”; houses are still the best option for those who work with families (my brothers from our community and I prefer to stay with families when traveling to different cities and countries). A hotel is a nice option for rest and recovery, (sometimes very needed), but a house is the best place to learn about marriage and family life and to experienced Our Lord’s life. Jesus did not recommended to stay in inns, but He told his apostles to “enter a house, [and] stay there until you leave from there.”

“The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Jesus came to his native place

February 6, 2019 4:38 pm

“Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished.” (MK 6: 1-2)

Our Lord had His native place, like we do. He lives in Heaven with His Father and the Holy Spirit; He lives also with us. He knows how important it is to have a place you can call “native place”; it is connected with traditions, language, family members, neighbors and friends. We are not alone; we are connected with others, and we live for others. This is important for our places, and this is important for Heaven.

“My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.” (Gospel Acclamation)

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