Today's gospel passage begins with a time indication "The next day." Spontaneously we wonder what happened the day before. The Baptist was still on stage and it seems that he was alone, there doesn't seem to have anyone at his side. "Seeing Jesus pass by, he says: Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” He was not addressing anyone in particular because it seems that only he and Jesus were present.
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Tributes to a “gentle, caring and warm-hearted pastor” greeted the news that the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has died suddenly at home in the city. Archbishop Tartaglia had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after Christmas and was self-isolating, but it is not yet known whether the virus was implicated in his death.
The Covid-19 pandemic and other recent outbreaks of infectious diseases of animal origin have shed a new light on one of the most famous passages of Genesis, the story of the creation and the relationship between human beings and the animal world.
Since his election on March 13, 2013, among the many questions posed regarding the person and history of Pope Francis are those about the origins of his thought in general and of his theological mindset in particular. One person had a great influence on him: Fr. Miguel Ángel Fiorito (1916-2005).
This Sunday's Gospel text presents Jesus who, having left Nazareth, goes to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. It is the beginning of his public life; later he will settle down in Capernaum, he will call the first disciples and will start the journey that will lead him to his final destination: the gift of life.
"When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
“The LORD bless you and keep you!” These are the first words we hear on this first day of the year and I think there is no better greeting. I would love that my brothers and sisters of the faith give this greeting back to me on this day: "May the Lord bless you" - beautiful.
Here we cannot fail to mention Ignatius of Loyola, who in his Spiritual Exercises wrote: “See Our Lady and Joseph and the handmaiden and child Jesus, after he is born, making myself the poor unworthy servant boy who looks at them, contemplates them and serves them in their needs as if I were present, with every possible respect and reverence” (ES 114).
The first message we take for our families: the reference point of this couple who begins their life together is the Torah, the Word of God. When they have to make decisions or make a choice, they are inspired by the Word of God. They are at the beginning of their life as a couple and they show that they are in tune with the choices they have to make.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. What message does he have to bring us this Christmas? He comes to tell us that our weak, fragile, destined to death existence is involved in an indissoluble love relationship with the immortal God. Indissoluble, because no infidelity, no betrayal of ours can damage this love. This is the great news of Christmas. And, in the prologue of his Gospel, John tells us the story of this incredible love between God and humanity.