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Commentary to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In Mark, the story bitterly ends: the rich young man chooses to stay with his goods. He dares not trust the proposal of Jesus, not bringing himself to take risks, afraid of losing everything, and sadly, he walks away. He was afflicted because he could not break away from the goods. He does not realize that the human heart is made for infinite love and as long as one is the slave of things he cannot but be disappointed and unhappy.

Commentary to the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The love between man and woman, contracted “in the Lord” (1 Cor 7:39), is “indissoluble” (v. 24). This is not a law because the use of precepts is always the declaration of a loss of love, but the discovery of the intimate and profound reality of love which, by its nature, cannot die. It is “a divine flame no flood can extinguish,” is a participation in the love of God, love that is able to withstand any test, immovable as a solid rock that “no river can submerge it” (Song 8:7).

Commentary to the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The conflicts, divisions, schisms in the Church are always derived from pride, lust for power and the desire to dominate others. The scandal, that even today, takes away the “small” from the Church, remains the same: the unedifying spectacle of competition and intrigues to fill the top positions and gain privileges.

Commentary to the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Who is in love is always “beside himself with joy.” He comes out of himself, forgets himself because to encounter the other proves to be an irresistible impulse. Even the mystical experience of ecstasy, from the Greek word existánai means “to be beside oneself” and caught up in God. “It’s not that we love God but that God first loved us, so we, too, must love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us and his love comes to perfection in us.” (1 Jn 4:9-12).

Commentary to the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is always on the move and his disciples walking behind him. From the very start, they were aware of following an extraordinary character. They always paid much attention to what people said about him. Yet, even after months of communion of life with the Master, they failed to grasp his true identity.

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The verb “to listen” occurs 1159 times in the Old Testament. It often refers to God who—Isaiah assures—is not deaf (Is 59:1). But unlike people, who often close their ears to the cry of the poor who cries out for help and immediately they pay attention to as soon as they hear praises and compliments.

Commentary to the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Jesus puts himself in the spiritual line of the prophets and pious masters of his time. He focuses on the renewal of life and takes a strict position against the religion reduced to mere compliance to a legal code. He says that God is not interested in external purity, formalisms, and solemn liturgies of the temple appearances.

ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The believers’ reflection on the fate of Mary after death continued to grow over the centuries. It led to the belief in her assumption and, on 1 November 1950, to the papal definition: “The Immaculate Conception Mother of God ever Virgin, finished the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” What does this dogma mean? 

Commentary to the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Unfortunately, today, as then, many simply recognize Jesus as the wise man who has shown the paths of justice and peace, one of the many prophets, perhaps the greatest of the prophets. While esteeming, they consider him a mere man “Joseph’s son” and do not realize or refuse to accept that he is “the Only Begotten” of the Father (Jn 1:14). 

Commentary to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Bread maintains, but does not ensure biological life forever; it is destined to be extinguished, and the legendary plant of immortality is a chimera, an illusion. But God has a bread that communicates eternal life and has given it to the world because he wants everyone to have life and have it abundantly (Jn 10:10).

Commentary to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

It is enough that people put aside their selfishness, overcoming the greed to possess, “which is the root of every evil” (1 Tim 6:10), they welcome the logic of the Kingdom and make available to the brothers, without reservation, all that they have and the miracle happens: all are fed and had leftovers. 

Commentary to the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In the church, who leads cannot but reproduce the pattern of the Master. Peter, reproved by Jesus several times for his eagerness to stand out, recommended to the priests of his community: “Shepherd the flock which God has entrusted to you, guarding it not out of obligation but willingly for God’s sake; not as one looking for a reward but with a generous heart; do not lord it over those in your care rather be an example to your flock” (1 Pet 5:1-2). 

Commentary to the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

It is commendable that, where no one acts, the church performs a substitute work in areas where she is not specifically competent, but refuses to be identified with the humanitarian institutions. She keeps vigilance to avoid being innocently involved in spectacular and lucrative initiatives, so as not to compete with civilian structures that, through the commitment of lay Christians, is instead called to animate. She possesses a divine word and it is on this word that she relies, resisting the temptation to resort to means that people consider more effective.

Commentary to the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Jesus comes again to those who believe they know him and of belonging to his family and advances his proposal. He asked, as God did to Abraham, to leave everything that the home, the family and the country represent. He invites them to reconsider the religious convictions, assimilated during childhood and ever more deepened and made to evolve.

Commentary to the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The slowness of Israel in reaching an explicit affirmation of eternal life is precious and enlightening. It makes us understand that, before believing in the resurrection and a future world, it is necessary to value and passionately love life in this world as God appreciates and loves it. 

Commentary to the feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

Commentary to the feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Jesus’ praise of him: “When you went out to the desert, what did you expect to see? A reed swept by the wind? What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? People who wear fine clothes live in palaces. What did you really go out to see? A prophet? Yes, indeed, and even more than a prophet. I tell you this: no one greater than John the Baptist has come forward from among the sons of women” (Mt 11:7-11).

Commentary to the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

Commentary to the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year B –

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The passage ends with a comment by the evangelist: “he explained everything privately to his disciples” (v. 34). Reflection, silence and prayer are needed; one needs to devote time to dialogue with Christ. It is necessary to create a spiritual atmosphere to receive from the Spirit the needed light to assimilate and translate the message of this parable into choices of life.