#PrayTogether for the people hit by strong rain and flooding in various regions of Brazil during these past weeks, especially for the victims and their families, and for those who have lost their homes.
The first sign Jesus accomplished was not an extraordinary healing or something prodigious in the temple of Jerusalem, but an action that responded to a simple and concrete need of common people. This is how God loves to act.
#GospelOfTheDay (Jn 2:1-11)
Lack of charity causes unhappiness, because love alone satisfies the human heart.
Even if all human doors were barred, God’s door is open.
We are living in a difficult time, many people are facing difficulties and suffering. In a time like this, we need someone who can encourage us, help us, inspire us. Saint Joseph is a bright witness in dark times. Let us turn to him to find our way again.https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2022-01/parents-who-face-challenges-for-their-children-s-sake-are-heroes.html …
To really know people, we need to recognize them and recognize that each of them bears the inviolable beauty of a son or daughter of God, a reflection of the Creator’s image.
At times due to the pandemic, many people experience the ordeal of not having a job that allows them to live tranquilly. Often they become so desperate that it drives them to the point of losing all hope and the desire to live. Let us
#PrayTogether for them.
Sometimes, looking at our lives, we see only the things we lack and forget the talents we possess. Yet God gave them to us because He trusts us and asks us to make the most of the present moment, not yearning for the past, but waiting industriously for His return.
The issue of migration, together with the pandemic and climate change, has clearly demonstrated that we cannot be saved alone and by ourselves: the great challenges of our time are all global. https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2022/january/documents/20220110-corpo-diplomatico.html …
The prophet Jeremiah tells us that God has “plans for our welfare and not for evil, to give us a future and a hope” (29:11). We should be unafraid, then, to make room for peace in our lives by cultivating dialogue and fraternity among one another.
#LetUsPray for the victims of the protests that have broken out in recent days in Kazakhstan and for their families. I hope that social harmony will be restored as soon as possible through the search for dialogue, justice and the common good.
We belong to Christ, we are joined to him through Baptism; His presence is in us, His light is in us, His life is in us. Let us therefore walk joyfully in hope sustained by his Word: it is the Word of life.
When we pray, the Father says to us, as he does to Jesus in the
#GospelOfTheDay: “You are my beloved child” (Lk 3:22). Being God’s children began on the day of our Baptism, which immersed us in Christ and we became beloved children of the Father. #BaptismOfJesus
Today’s Gospel shows us the
#BaptismOfJesus. He who is the Son of God, the Messiah goes to the Jordan River to be baptized. He lines up with the sinners, He shares our plight, He goes down into the river and at the same time into the wounded history of humanity to heal it.
The Lord works wonders with those who are lowly, with those who do not believe that they are great but who give ample space to God in their life. He extends His mercy to those who trust in Him, and raises up the humble.
I extend my heartfelt best wishes for peace and every good to our brothers and sisters of the Eastern Churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, who celebrate the Nativity of the Lord: may Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, enlighten your families and communities!
The Magi return “by another way” (Mt 2:12). They challenge us to take new paths. This is the creativity of the Holy Spirit who always does new things.
When they reach their destination, the Magi kneel down and worship the Baby. The journey of faith finds renewed strength only when it is made in God’s presence. Let’s not forget to spend time in adoration of the Eucharist, and allow ourselves to be transformed by Jesus.
The Magi defy Herod. They teach us that we need a courageous faith that is not afraid to challenge the sinister logic of power, and become seeds of justice and fraternity in societies where many Herods, even today, continue to slaughter the poor and innocent.
In Jerusalem, the Magi ask where the Child is to be found. They teach us that we need to question, to listen carefully to the questions of our heart, of our conscience, for that is where God often speaks to us. He addresses us more with questions than with answers.