James and John, the Challenge of Daring

James and John, the Challenge of Daring

“Teacher we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you…” (Mk 10:35) Wow! Now that’s bold! What I’m trying to say is: have you ever asked Jesus something like that? Have you ever thrown it all out there to God to see what would come back? Have you ever “put him to the test” to see if he’d really come through for you? Have you asked repeatedly? Forcefully? Continuously? Have you had that divine impatience that the sons of Zebedee possessed? Have you ever said, “Look, I want it all! I want everything! I want the whole kit and caboodle, Lord, and I will not be denied!” …I want to be a saint, a great saint. Keep that in mind. I know I’ve asked many times. I’ve hungered and thirsted for righteousness. I’ve longed for that intimacy with our Lord that only he can...

 The Our Father, “…Your Kingdom Come…”

	The Our Father, “…Your Kingdom Come…”

That time I found a perfect spot, between the hydrangea bush and the wood pile that closed off the courtyard. I was almost at the edge of the world because there, outside the yard, the universe ended. But on this side was the battleground to conquer step by step, at the first opening the enemy offered. My back leaning against wet wood, my hands in leaves still wet, I held my breath and I would have held the wind as well, so that it might not betray my presence. And the strategy had to be absolutely perfect, for the enemy not to see me when heturned around in the direction of the bush. Ten minutes passed. Some classmates were already out in the open. One was taken. I remained invisible, but it was not time to come out of hiding; the enemy was always too close to...

John the Baptist: The Friend of the Bridegroom (John 3:22-36)

John the Baptist: The Friend of the Bridegroom (John 3:22-36)

Marriage is an image dear to Sacred Scripture. In the Old Testament, God speaks of the covenant he made with the people of Israel as a union between husband and wife (cf. Hos 1:1 ss.). In the New Testament, the figure of the wedding appears in several scenes: Jesus performs his first public miracle in front of his disciples during the marriage at Cana (cf. Jn 2:1 ff.), and he doesn’t hesitate to call himself the bridegroom when he replies to John’s disciples about fasting (“Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?” – Mk 2:19). Also Paul, in his preaching, compares the relationship between Christ and the Church to the one between husband and wife (cf. Eph 5:22). In the United States, during the wedding feast, it is tradition that the best man...

The Daughters of Jerusalem, Veronica, his Holy Mother, and Friends on the Way to Suffering

The Daughters of Jerusalem, Veronica, his Holy Mother,  and Friends on the Way to Suffering

The thousand faces of love (Lk 23:28) (Jn 19:25) Jesus’ friends do not necessarily take away His pain, rather, when Peter dares to say to Him that he should not suffer, the Master reproaches him (Mt 16: 21-23). His followers slowly learn from Him and like St Ignatius of Antiochia, arrive even to the point of saying “I beseech you, do not show me an inopportune benevolence. Let me be food for the wild beasts so that I can reach my God.” The Man of suffering has assumed on himself the evils of men of all time, so that in love man can find the salvific meaning of his pain (cfr Salvifici doloris, 31). On the Way of the Cross, Veronica, the pious women and Our Lady surround Jesus in profound friendship of reassuring presence, intense communication through their gazes,...