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Commentary to the ASCENSION OF THE LORD – YEAR C

Commentary to the ASCENSION OF THE LORD – YEAR C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

With the entry of Jesus into the glory of the Father, has anything changed on earth? Externally, nothing. People’s life continued to be the same as before: sowing and reaping, trading, building houses, traveling, weeping and celebrating, all as before. Even the apostles received no discount on the dramas and anguish experienced by other people. However, something incredibly new happened: a new light was cast on people's existence.

Commentary to the Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year C

Commentary to the Sixth Sunday of Easter – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In his opening address to the Council, Pope John XXIII recalled a fundamental principle: ‘The truths of the faith are one thing, but how they are formulated is quite another.’ The mission of the Church is to translate, to make these same truths intelligible to people of all times and places, using their language, their culture, their images, their way of thinking.

Commentary to the Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year C

Commentary to the Fifth Sunday of Easter – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The Church's days are numbered—some say—because it is old, it does not know how to renew itself, it repeats old formulas instead of answering new questions. Christians are not different from others; they do not wear badges, they do not live outside the world; what characterizes them is the logic of gratuitous love, that of Jesus, that of the Father.

Commentary to the 4th SUNDAY OF EASTER – YEAR C

Commentary to the 4th SUNDAY OF EASTER – YEAR C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Beginning in the third century A.D. (not before), the image of Christ the Shepherd with a sheep on his shoulders or surrounded by his flock often appeared in the catacombs. It is a scene meant to depict the confidence and serenity with which the believer crosses the dark valley of death, supported or guided by his Lord.

Commentary to the Third Sunday of Easter – Year C

Commentary to the Third Sunday of Easter – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In the Christian community, we elaborate ambitious pastoral programs; in the family, we implement the most up-to-date psychological techniques to educate our children better, commit ourselves, make plans, and yet—as we know—even the most praiseworthy efforts are not always crowned with success. It happens to us something like what happened to seven disciples who, after Easter, went fishing: they were prepared, experienced, willing people, they worked for a whole night, but they didn't get anything. So much effort was wasted: they acted in the dark, without the light of the word of the Risen Lord.

Commentary to the Second Sunday of Easter – Year C

Commentary to the Second Sunday of Easter – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

"Fortunate are you to see what you see!" Jesus once said (Lk 10:23). Luke called the disciples who accompanied the Master during his public life witnesses of the events that have taken place among us (Lk 1:1-2). It is undeniable; they are blessed because they have seen. Among them, there is also Thomas. Yet, this experience was just the first stage of a demanding journey, one that had to bring them to faith.

EASTER SUNDAY— YEARS  C    WITNESS IS ONE WHO ‘SAW’ THE LORD

EASTER SUNDAY— YEARS C WITNESS IS ONE WHO ‘SAW’ THE LORD

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The words with which John begins his letter are moving: “What we have heard and what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, I mean the Word who is Life … we proclaim also to you” (1 Jn 1:1-3). His is an enviable experience but unrepeatable. However, to become ‘witnesses’ of Christ, it is not necessary to have walked with Jesus of Nazareth on the roads of Palestine.

EASTER VIGIL – YEAR C   DO NOT LOOK FOR THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD

EASTER VIGIL – YEAR C DO NOT LOOK FOR THE LIVING AMONG THE DEAD

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

We Christian are convinced we are custodians of an excellent project of humanity and society. We are proud if the noble and elevated moral proposal that we preach is recognized. We are pleased to be referred to as the messengers of universal fellowship, justice, and peace. We experience a certain modesty presenting ourselves as witnesses to the resurrection, as carriers of the light that illuminates the tomb.

Good Friday    WE CONTEMPLATED A LOVE STRONGER THAN DEATH

Good Friday WE CONTEMPLATED A LOVE STRONGER THAN DEATH

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

 The dramatic agony on the cross has often led the preachers of the past to dwell excessively on the gory aspects of Jesus’ passion. From this preaching, images, popular representations, and devotions that aggravate the violence of the blows, the scourging, the falling under the weight of the cross, the sadism of the exasperated soldiers, are derived.

Holy Thursday   JESUS: BROKEN BREAD, OFFERED AS NOURISHMENT

Holy Thursday JESUS: BROKEN BREAD, OFFERED AS NOURISHMENT

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Among the many names by which the Eucharist was called, the one that best expresses the meaning and richness of the sacrament is the breaking of the bread. The disciples of Emmaus recognized the Lord “in the breaking of the bread” (Lk 24:35); the community of Jerusalem diligently participates in the catechesis of the apostles and to “the breaking of bread;” at Troas they met “on the first day of the week to break bread” (Acts 20:7).

Palm Sunday – Year C

Palm Sunday – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

 Jesus has proposed a new face of God. No longer an executing God, but a God who saves every person. He has proposed a new face of man. He overturned the values ??of this world: for him, a person’s greatness is not in control and domination but true service of one’s brothers and sisters. He has proposed a new religion, no longer one of rituals, but that ‘in spirit and truth.’ He proposed a new society where the ‘first’ is the poor, the weak, and the marginalized.

Commentary to the Fifth Sunday of Lent - Year C

Commentary to the Fifth Sunday of Lent - Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In the first centuries, with the increased number of Christians, a certain laxity in moral quality led to the justification of any behavior as licit and permissible. In response, a belief spread far and wide that the Church could pardon grave sinners, but only once in their life. Repeat offenders will face the severe judgment of God. The rigorists preferred to put aside rather than give any importance to the episode of the adulteress.

Commentary to the Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year C

Commentary to the Fourth Sunday of Lent – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Here is the most beautiful of all the parables of the Gospels. From the early days of the Church, it has been studied, commented on, and inspired ideas in great writers, painters, musicians, philosophers, and psychologists. It is known as the ‘Parable of the Prodigal Son,’ but this title is not apt because it considers only one of the three characters. It neglects his older brother, to whom the whole second part of the story is dedicated, and above all, it ignores the real protagonist, the father. It is more correct to speak of the ‘Parable of the Love of the Father’ or the ‘Parable of the Merciful Father.’

Commentary to the Third Sunday of Lent – Year C

Commentary to the Third Sunday of Lent – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The parable's message is clear: from those who have heard the message of the Gospel; God expects delicious and plentiful fruits. He does not want exterior religious practices and is not content with appearances (in the spring, the fig tree bears fruit even before the leaves), but he seeks works of love. Unlike other evangelists who speak of a barren fig tree that is made to wither almost instantly (Mk 11:12-24; Mt 21:18-22), Luke, the evangelist of mercy, introduces another year of waiting before the definitive intervention. He presents a God who is patient, tolerant to human weakness and stubbornness.

Commentary to the Second Sunday of Lent – Year C

Commentary to the Second Sunday of Lent – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Peter, James, and John coming down from the mountain, “kept this to themselves at the time, telling no one of anything they had seen” (v. 36). They could not speak about what they did not understand; the exodus of Jesus was not yet fulfilled. We, today, coming out of our churches instead, can announce to all what our faith made us discover: the one who gives life for love enters in the glory of God.

Commentary to the First Sunday of Lent – Year C

Commentary to the First Sunday of Lent – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The temptation offers the opportunity to make a leap forward, improve, purify and consolidate the choices of faith. It also involves the risk of error: “For the fascination of evil obscures true values”—says the author of the Book of Wisdom—"and restless desires undermine a simple heart” (Wis 4:12). Temptation is not a provocation to evil but a stimulus to growth, a necessary step to reach maturity.

Commentary: ASH WEDNESDAY

Commentary: ASH WEDNESDAY

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Lent is a privileged time to return to ourselves, nourish, and let the divine grow within us. It is a time to listen to God’s Word. It is not a superficial, distracted listening, almost fearful that the message will penetrate too deeply into the mind and heart, causing a disturbance, but a more profound listening that requires radical changes of direction in our lives.

Commentary to the Eigth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the Eigth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

In the Church of the first centuries, the baptized were called the enlightened ones because the light of Christ had opened their eyes. Christians should be those who see well, know how to choose the correct values ??in life, and can indicate the right path to those who grope in darkness.

Commentary to the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

 After proclaiming the disciples blessed because they are poor, hungry, crying, and persecuted, Jesus addresses the crowds and enunciates a shocking principle: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you … and pray for those who treat you badly" (vv. 27-28). Four imperatives—love, do good, bless, and pray! This does not leave any doubt about how a Christian should behave in the face of evil. This is unequivocal evidence that Jesus rejects the use of violence in the strongest terms.

Commentary to the SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR C

Commentary to the SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR C

by: Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

Our life is a precious capital that God has placed in our hands, and it must be productive. What are the values at play? What are the actions that will bump up the capital? Some are in great demand, and most people are betting everything on them: success at any cost, career, money, health, glory, appearances, and the pursuit of pleasure. Will it be the right choice?