• THE CHURCH IS THE FRUIT OF THE CROSS OF JESUS
  • MISSION HOW, TO WHOM, WHERE
  • THE TRUE PROPHETS GOD SENDS TO US
  • THE CHURCH IS THE FRUIT OF THE CROSS OF JESUS

    XVI Sunday ordinary time. 22 July 2018

    Imagine you started a project or an enterprise with friends. You shared ideas, plans, work, difficulties and achievements. You worked hard together for years, sharing responsibilities and gains for the enjoyment of all. But at a certain moment one or two of the co-workers began to steal money to fill their own pockets and broke the loyalty to the company. You, who first conceived the initiative and the idea of the business, would surely feel disappointed, and with angry words would dismiss those individuals and look for others more competent and more deserving of your trust. 

  • MISSION HOW, TO WHOM, WHERE

    15th SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME YEAR B

    When I finally received the letter of destination to Sierra Leone, with the happiness of having a place to go, a Country of adoption, I begun to think and ask myself what would I need there.

    I made a list that included light clothes, some books I had used and cherished up to that time (the Bible first of all!); a knife for emergencies, some medicines for malaria, worms, diarrhoea….

    But meeting now this Gospel of the year B (Mark 6, 6 – 13) I realize that the words of Jesus are not in line with my past worries. My Bible, for instance, was in Italian and so not usable here because I have to proclaim it in other languages.

    Jesus spoke of a stick; in my immediate preparation I did not think of it; but now, approaching the 80 years of age, I keep a walking stick at hand.

    About the things that Jesus considers not useful the first He mentions is bread: Commentators say “Because he himself is the bread of life” (cf. John 6, 35); He also wants to free his missionaries from the preoccupation for the food (cf. Mt 6, 25). And saying “no spare clothes, no haversack,  no money” (verses 8 and 9) Jesus thinks about the poverty of the missionaries.

  • THE TRUE PROPHETS GOD SENDS TO US

    Across the roads and streets of Freetown, there are many sign boards where people are invited to join “born again churches”. On what seems like adverts…one can read: “Come…It’s your time for wonders and miracles through Prophet A or X…”! And there are many prophets around…calling for healing, blessings and prosperity.

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