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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet”

    3/27/2024 8:35:34 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet”

    Today, we remember the first Holy Thursday of history, when Jesus Christ gathers his disciples to celebrate the Passover. He inaugurates the new Passover of the new Covenant when his sacrifice is offered for our salvation.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Surely it is not I?”

    3/26/2024 9:29:50 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Surely it is not I?”

    We want to stop here at the Paschal Supper, where Jesus Christ manifests that His body will be given and His blood shed. His words: “Amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me” (Mt 26, 20) invite each of the Twelve, and especially Judas, to an examination of conscience. These words are extended to all of us, who have also been called by Jesus. 
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “It was night”

    3/25/2024 8:10:46 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “It was night”

    Today, Holy Tuesday, the liturgy emphasizes the scene about to be unleashed and that will end with the crucifixion on Good Friday. “So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night” (Jn 13, 30). It is always night when we move away from He who is “Light from Light, true God from true God” (Symbol of Faith: Nicene Creed).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair”

    3/24/2024 7:18:59 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair”

    Today, the Gospel summarizes two different attitudes about dealing with God, Jesus-Christ and life itself. We see the attitude of Judas criticizing Mary for anointing Jesus' feet: “Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, “Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?” (Jn 12,4-5).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

    3/23/2024 6:05:09 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

    Today, in the Liturgy of the Word, we read the Passion of the Lord according to Saint Mark and hear testimony that leaves us stunned: "Truly, this man was the Son of God" (Mk 15, 39). The evangelist takes great care in putting these words into the mouth of a Roman centurion who, astonished, had witnessed what would have been just another execution in his duty in a foreign and subdued country.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: "Jesus was going to die for the nation, ... but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God"

    3/22/2024 10:07:48 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: ``Jesus was going to die for the nation, ... but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God``

    Today, on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus knew that he was being persecuted, watched, and sentenced. The greater and more revolutionary his revelation—the announcement of the Kingdom—the wider and clearer the division and opposition he encountered among his listeners (cf. Jn 11,45-46).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “For which of these are you trying to stone me?”

    3/21/2024 8:23:24 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “For which of these are you trying to stone me?”

    Today, Friday, with just one week left to commemorate the death of the Lord, the Gospel presents the reasons for His condemnation. Jesus tries to reveal the truth, but the Jews consider Him blasphemous and worthy of stoning. Jesus speaks of the works He performs, works of God that testify to Him, how He can give Himself the title of "Son of God"... 
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad”

    3/20/2024 8:34:37 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad”

    Today, Saint John places us before Jesus' revelation in the Temple. Our Savior reveals something unknown to the Jews: that Abraham looked forward and rejoiced when he saw Jesus' day. They all knew God had made a promise to Abraham, by assuring him of great promises of salvation for his seed. However, they were unaware of how far God's light could reach. Christ reveals to them that Abraham did see the Messiah in the day of Yahweh, which Jesus calls my day.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “If God were your Father, you would love me”

    3/19/2024 8:58:13 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “If God were your Father, you would love me”

    Today, the Lord directs harsh words to the Jews. Not to some Jews, but precisely to those who embraced the faith: Jesus said “to those Jews who believed in him” (Jn 8, 31). This dialogue of Jesus reflects, without any doubt, the beginning of those difficulties caused by the Jewish Christians in the first hours of the Church.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph”

    3/18/2024 8:21:28 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph”

    Today, the Church invites us to contemplate the kind figure of the Holy Patriarch. Chosen by God and by Mary, Joseph lived like all of us between sorrows and joys. We must look at any of his actions with special interest. We will always learn from him. We should put ourselves in his shoes to imitate him, for in this way we will be able to respond, as he did, to the divine will.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

    3/17/2024 8:34:09 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

    Today, we are given to see in the Gospel the merciful face of Jesus. God is love, and Love that forgives, Love that takes pity on our failings, Love that saves. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees said: “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.” (Jn 8, 4) and they asked the Lord: “So what do you say?” (Jn 8, 5)...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Whoever serves me must follow me”

    3/16/2024 6:43:06 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Whoever serves me must follow me”

    Today’s Gospel provided powerful words of encouragement in the faith journey of members of the persecuted early Christian community to whom the “beloved disciple” wrote. In this passage, the evangelist describes how, during the festivals in Jerusalem, some Greeks went to worship, and wanted to see Jesus with the help of disciples.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”

    3/15/2024 8:16:23 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”

    Today, the Gospel presents the different reactions, which the words of our Lord produced. John's text does not offer us any word from the Master, but it does mention the consequences of what He said. Some thought He was a prophet; others said “This is truly the Prophet.” (Jn 7, 41).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “His hour had not yet come”

    3/14/2024 8:08:17 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “His hour had not yet come”

    Today’s Gospel allows us to contemplate the confusion that arose over the identity and mission of Jesus Christ. As the people come face to face with Jesus, there are misunderstandings and presumptions about who He is, how He will or will not fulfill the Old Testament prophecies and what He will accomplish. Assumptions and judgments lead to frustration and anger....
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true”

    3/13/2024 8:41:36 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true”

    In this time of Lent, by increasing the deeds of penance that facilitate our interior renovation, we shall improve our disposition to contemplate Christ's true face. This is why, Saint Josemaría, says: “That Christ you see, is not Jesus. —It will be, in any case, the sad image your blurred eyes may form... —Purify yourself. Clarify your look with humility and penance. Afterwards... you won't be lacking the clear lights of Love. And you will have a perfect vision. Your image will really be: Him!”
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life”

    3/12/2024 8:25:23 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life”

    Today, the Gospel speaks of the reply Jesus gives to those who do not look at Him with good eyes when He chooses to cure the disabled man on Saturday. Jesus Christ takes advantage of this criticism to emphasize His condition as God's Son, and therefore, Lord of Saturday. Words that will be used against Him the day of His trial at the High Priest Caiphas' house, when Jesus receives His condemnatory sentence...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION:“Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time...”

    3/11/2024 8:12:26 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION:“Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time...”

    Jesus Christ's voice is the voice of God. Everything was anew with that old disabled man, spent by dejection. Much later, Saint John Chrysostom will say that in Bethesda pool sick people cured their bodies, while in the Baptism those same sick cure their soul; over there, one only sick could eventually be cured, every now and then. Baptism however, cures always and everybody. In both cases God's power is evidenced through water.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Jesus left Samaria for Galilee”

    3/10/2024 6:12:27 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Jesus left Samaria for Galilee”

    Today, we find Jesus again in Cana of Galilee, where He had previously made the well known miracle of changing the water into wine. Now, on this occasion, He performs a new miracle: the recovery of a royal official's son. In spite of how spectacular the first one was, this second miracle is, undoubtedly, more valuable, for what Jesus solves with this miracle is nothing material,...

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son”

    3/10/2024 6:11:55 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son”

    We can always live happily because God loves us madly, so much that He "gave his only Son" (Jn 3, 16). Soon we will accompany this only Son on His path of death and resurrection. We will contemplate the love of the One who loves so much that He gave Himself for us, for you and for me. 
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “I tell you, the latter went home justified”

    3/9/2024 5:41:42 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “I tell you, the latter went home justified”

    Today, Christ presents us with two men who, to a casual observer, might appear almost identical for they are in the same place doing the same thing, as both “went up to the Temple to pray” (Lk 18, 10). But beyond appearances, at the deepest level of their personal consciences, both men differ radically: one, the Pharisee, has an easy conscience while the other, the tax collector, is racked by feelings of guilt.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “There is no other commandment greater than these.”

    3/8/2024 9:14:50 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “There is no other commandment greater than these.”

    Jesus' call to communion and to the mission requires our participation in its very same nature; it is closeness where to get ourselves in. Jesus does not vindicate Him as the milestone of our prayer and of our love. He thanks the Father and constantly lives in His presence...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “If it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you”

    3/6/2024 9:12:36 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “If it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you”

    Jesus' response shows the absurdity of the argument from those contradicting Him. Besides, this answer means for us a call to unity, to the strength meant by that unity. Disunity is an evil and destructive yeast instead. One of the evil signs is, precisely, division and making us unable to understand each other. Unfortunately, the present world is marked by this type of evil spirit, which prevents our understanding, and recognition of one another.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”

    3/5/2024 8:24:57 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”

    As Saint John Paul II reminded us, God wants to get closer to man. God wants to address him His words, to show him His face for He is seeking closeness with him. This becomes a reality with the people of Israel, people chosen by God to receive His words. This is Moses' own experience when he says: “For what great nation is there that has gods so close to it as the LORD, our God, is to us whenever we call upon him?” (Deut 4, 7)...
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.”

    3/4/2024 8:33:59 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan.”

    Today, Matthew's Gospel invites us to ponder over the mystery of forgiveness by proposing a parallel between God's ways and our own human behavior when it comes to forgiving others.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: ”No prophet is accepted in his own native place”

    3/3/2024 6:44:11 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: ”No prophet is accepted in his own native place”

    Today Jesus tells us in the Gospel that “no prophet is accepted in his own native place” (Lk 4, 24). By making use of this proverb Jesus is introducing Himself as a prophet.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”

    3/2/2024 5:30:33 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”

    Today, as Easter approaches, an unusual event has occurred in the temple. Jesus has driven out the merchants' cattle, overturned the tables of the money changers, and said to the dove sellers, " Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace" (Jn 2, 16).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you’”

    3/1/2024 8:19:29 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you’”

    Today we see our Father's mercy, His distinctive feature in Heaven, while gazing at an orphan Mankind —orphan because forgetful— which does not know it is a child of God. Cronin speaks of a son that left home, squandered all his money, his health; the family honor... was finally imprisoned. Shortly before being freed, he wrote to his home: if he was forgiven, they should hang a white handkerchief in the apple tree, next to the railway.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”

    2/29/2024 8:22:22 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”

    Today, Jesus, with the parable of the homicidal tenants, speaks about the betrayal of trust; He compares the vineyard to the people of Israel and the wine growers to the chiefs of the chosen people. The Kingdom of God had been entrusted to them and to all the descendants of Abraham, but they have embezzled the heritage: “Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit” (Mt 21, 43).
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”

    2/28/2024 8:41:38 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”

    We might ponder: Where would I be if I was one of the two main characters of this parable? Our society constantly reminds us, that we have to live well, in comfort and well-being, enjoying ourselves, worry free... That we have to live for oneself, without minding others, or at the very best, the minimum necessary to keep one's conscience at ease, but certainly not because of a sense of justice, love or solidarity.
     

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  • DAILY MEDITATION: “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant”

    2/27/2024 8:08:17 AM
    DAILY MEDITATION: “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant”

    The II Vatican Council asserts that “man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself.” We may be under the impression we are giving away life, but, in fact, we are retrieving it. He who does not live to serve does not serve to live. And, in this attitude Christ should be our perfect model —Jesus is fully man—, inasmuch as “the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mt 20, 28).
     

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