“God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him” (1 Jn 4:16). These words of the First Letter of John express with meridian clarity the heart of the Christian faith: the Christian image of God and also the consequent image of man and his way. Furthermore, in this same verse, John offers us, as it were, a synthetic formulation of Christian existence: “We have known the love that God has for us and we have believed in him.” We have believed in the love of God: this is how the Christian can express the fundamental choice of his life. One does not begin to be a Christian by an ethical decision or a great idea, but by the encounter with an event, with a Person, which gives a new horizon to life and, with it, a decisive orientation. In his Gospel, John had expressed this event with the following words

In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was in God,

and the Word was God.

She was at first in God.

All things were made by Her,

and without her nothing was done of all that has been done.

In her was life,

and the life was the light of men.

The light shines in the darkness,

but the darkness did not embrace her.

There was a man

sent from God,

by name Juan.

He came to witness to the light,

to testify of her

and that all would believe for him.

He was not the light

but came to testify to the light.

She was the true light

that enlightens every man

that comes to this world.

I was in the world

and the world was made by Her,

but the world did not know it.

He came to his own,

but his own did not receive it.

But to all who received it

gave them power to come to be children of God,

to those who believe in his name;

that of the blood,

nor of the carnal will,

nor of the will of man,

but of God they are born.

And the Word became flesh

and dwelt among us,

and we have seen his glory,

glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father,

full of grace and truth.

John testifies to him by crying out,

“This was of whom I said to you,

The one who comes after me,

has passed before me,

because it was first that I “.

For of his fullness we receive all

grace upon grace.

because the Law was given through Moses,

grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

No one has ever seen God;

God the Only Begotten, who is in the bosom of the Father,

that has made us known.


The testimony of John the Baptist

(Mt 3.11-12, Mark 1: 7-8, Lk 3: 15-17)

19 The Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to John, asking him who he was. 20 And he confessed clearly,

“I am not the Messiah.

21 They asked him again,

“Who are you, then?” The prophet Elijah?

John said:

-I’m not.

They insisted:

“So you’re the prophet to come?”

He replied:

-Do not.

22 They said to him,

“Who are you, then?” We have to bring a response to those who have sent us. What can you tell us about yourself?

23 John answered them,

“I am, as the prophet Isaiah said,

‘A voice shouting in the desert:

Open a straight path for the Lord! ‘

24 Those who had been sent by the Pharisees to speak to John, 25 asked him,

“Well, if you’re not the Messiah or Elijah or the prophet, why do you baptize?

26 John answered them,

“I baptize with water, but there is one among you whom you do not know: 27 that is he who comes after me. I am not even worthy to untie the strap of his sandals.

28 All this happened in the place called Bethany, and east of the Jordan River, where John was baptizing.


Jesus, the Lamb of God

29 The next day, John saw Jesus approaching him, and said, “Look, this is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 I was referring to him when I said, “After me comes one who is more important than I, because he existed before me.” 31 I myself did not know who he was, but I have been baptizing with water precisely so that the people of Israel knows you. “

32 John also declared: “I have seen the Holy Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and resting on it. 33 I still did not know who he was, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Whom you see that the Spirit descends and rests, it is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I am a witness that he is the Son of God. “

The first disciples

35 The next day, John was there again with two of his followers. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said:

“Look, that’s the Lamb of God.”

37 The two followers of John heard him say this and followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned and saw them following, and said to them,

“What are you looking for?”

They said:

“Master, where do you live?”

39 Jesus answered them,

“Come and see him.”

So they went and saw where he lived; and they spent the rest of the day with him, because it was about four o’clock in the afternoon.

40 One of the two who heard John and followed Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41 The first thing that Andrew did was to look for his brother Simon. He said:

“We have found the Messiah (which means: Christ).

42 Then Andrew took Simon to where Jesus was, and when Jesus saw him, he said,

-You are Simon, son of John, but you will be called Cephas (that means: Peter).

Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day, Jesus decided to go to the region of Galilee. He found Philip and said to him,

“Follow me.”

44 Philip was from the town of Bethsaida, where Andrew and Peter were also. 45 Philip went to find Nathanael and said to him,

“We have found the one of whom Moses wrote in the books of the law, and of whom also the prophets wrote. It is Jesus, the son of Joseph, the son of Nazareth.

46 And Nathaniel said,

“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”

Felipe replied:

-Come and check.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael coming near, he said,

“Here comes a true Israelite, in whom there is no deceit.

48 Nathaniel said to him,

“What do you know me for?”

Jesus answered him,

“I saw you before Philip called you when you were under the fig tree.”

49 Nathanael said to him,

“Master, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel!

50 Jesus answered him,

“Do you believe me only because I told you I saw you under the fig tree?” For things greater than these you will see!

51 And he added:

-I assure you that you will see the sky open, and the angels of God go up and down on the Son of man.

 Gospel according to John 6: 22-29.

The next day, the crowd that had remained on the other bank saw that Jesus had not gone up with his disciples in the only boat there, but they had left alone. Meanwhile, some boats of Tiberias docked near the place where they had eaten the bread, after the Lord gave the thanksgiving. When the crowd realized that Jesus and his disciples were not there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum to find Jesus. When they found him on the other shore, they asked him, “Master, when did you arrive?” Jesus answered them, “I assure you that you are seeking me, not because you have seen signs, but because you have eaten bread to the full. Work not for perishable food, but for him who endures to eternal Life, who will give you the Son of God man, for it is he whom God the Father has marked with his seal. ” They asked him, “What must we do to do the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “The work of God is that you believe in him whom he has sent.”

Excerpted from the Bible, Book of the People of God.

 Read the Gospel Commentary by:

Saint Thomas More (1478-1535), Englishman, martyr

Dialogue of comfort in tribulations

          “The work of God is that you believe in him whom he has sent”

     The foundation upon which we rely is faith. Without faith, it is impossible to hope that some spiritual comfort can be brought … What support can the Holy Scripture procure for someone who does not believe that it is the Word of God and that His Word is true? Little profit you will find if one does not believe that it is the Word of God or if, even admitting that it is, thinks that it can have errors! As faith is more or less strong, the comforting words of Holy Scripture will do more or less good.

     This virtue of faith no man can acquire it for himself, nor give it to another … Faith is a gratuitous gift of God, and as James says: “All good, every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father of the lights “(St. 1:17). Therefore, when we have signs that our faith is weak, let us ask it to strengthen it.


Gospel according to John 15: 9-11.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Stay in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, as I kept my Father’s commandments and abide in your love. I have told you this so that my joy may be yours, and that joy may be perfect.

Excerpted from the Bible, Book of the People of God.

Read the Gospel Commentary by:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), founder of the Missionary Sisters of Charity

The joy of the gift

  “I tell you all this so that my joy may be in you”

     Joy is prayer, joy is strength, joy is love. It is like a web of love that catches souls. “God loves those who give joyfully” (2C 9,7). Those who give joyfully give more. There is no better way to show our gratitude to God and men than to accept everything with joy. A heart burning with love is, necessarily, a heart full of joy. Never allow sorrow to invade you to the point of making you forget the joy of the risen Christ.

     We all experience the burning desire of heaven, where God is. Well, from now on it is in the power of all of us to be in heaven with him, to be with him, happy from this very moment. This immediate happiness with him means to love as he loves, to help as he helps, to give as he gives, to serve as he serves, to succor as he succeeds, to remain with him all the hours of the day, and to touch his very being present behind face of human affliction.

Book of the Acts of the Apostles 16, 22-34.

The multitude mutinied against them, and the magistrates had their clothes torn out and ordered to be flogged. After they had been beaten mercilessly, they were locked up in prison, ordering the jailer to watch them with great care. Having received this order, the jailer locked them in an inner cell and held their feet in the stocks. About midnight, Paul and Silas prayed and sang the praises of God, while the other prisoners listened to them. Suddenly the earth began to tremble so violently that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and in an instant all the doors opened and the chains of the prisoners were released. The jailer woke with a start, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword with the intention of killing himself, believing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul shouted at him, “Do not do yourself any harm, we’re all here.” The jailer ordered torches, rushed into the cell, and trembling, he fell at the feet of Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and asked them, “Sirs, what must I do to attain salvation?” They answered him, “Believe on the Lord Jesus and you will save, you and all your family”. Immediately they proclaimed the Word of the Lord to him and to all those in his house. At that same hour of the night, the jailer took care of them and healed their sores. Immediately afterwards, he was baptized with his whole family. Then he brought them up to his house and prepared the table to celebrate with his people the joy of having believed in God.

Gospel according to John 16,5-11.

Now I am going to the one who sent me, and none of you ask me, ‘Where are you going?’ But by telling you this, you have been saddened. However, I tell you the truth: it is good for me to go, because if I do not go, the Paraclete will not come to you. But if I go, I will send it to you. And when he comes, he will test the world where sin is, where justice is, and what the judgment is. The sin is in not having believed in me. Justice, in which I go to the Father and you will no longer see me. And the judgment, in which the Prince of this world has already been condemned.

Excerpted from the Bible, Book of the People of God. 

Read the Gospel Commentary by:

St. Anthony of Padua (circa 1195-1231), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church

Sermons for the Sunday and the feasts of the saints

  “If I do not go, the Defender will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you “

     The Holy Spirit is the wheat that comforts us on the way to our country, it is the wine that rejoices us in tribulation, the oil that softens the bitterness of life. The apostles needed this triple aid because they were to go and preach to the whole world. That is why Jesus sends you the Holy Spirit. They are filled with him – they fill us so that the unclean spirits have no power over them: when a glass is filled, nothing can be added.

     The Holy Spirit will “teach you” (Jn 16,13), so that you may know; he will suggest them, that you may. It is he who gives knowledge and will; let us add our “power” according to the measure of our strength, and we will be temples of the Holy Spirit (1C 6,19) 



First Letter of St. Paul to Timothy 6: 13-16.

I command you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave good testimony before Pontius Pilate: observe what is prescribed, keeping you blameless and blameless until the Manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, Manifestation that will bring forth in due time the blessed and unique Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the only one who possesses immortality and dwells in an inaccessible light, whom no man has seen or can see. To him be honor and power forever! Amen.

Gospel according to Luke 8: 4-5.

As a large crowd gathered and Jesus came to all the cities, he said to them, using a parable: “The sower went out to sow his seed.” When he sowed, a part of the seed fell to the edge of the road, where he another fell on the stones, and when it sprouted it withered away from lack of moisture, another fell among the thorns, and these, at the same time, drowned it, and another fell to the ground fertile, sprouted and produced fruit at a hundredfold. ” And when he had said this, he exclaimed, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!” His disciples asked him what this parable meant, and Jesus said to them: “You have been granted the knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God, but to others they are spoken in parables, that they may see without seeing and hear without The parable means this: The seed is the Word of God. Those who are at the edge of the road are those who listen, but then comes the devil and snatches the Word from their hearts, so they do not believe and are saved. Those on the stones are those who receive the Word with joy, hardly hear it; but they have no roots: they believe for a time, and in the moment of temptation they turn back. What fell among thorns are those who listen, but with the worries, riches and pleasures of life, are gradually drowning, and do not mature. What fell on fertile ground are those who listen to the Word with a willing heart, retain it, and bear fruit thanks to their constancy.

Excerpted from the Bible, Book of the People of God.

 Read the Gospel Commentary by:

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church

Breviloquio, Prologue, 2-5

    “The seed is the word of God”

     The origin of Scripture is not found in human search, but in the divine revelation that comes from the “Father of lights”, “from whom every fatherhood takes its name in heaven and on earth” (St 1:17; Eph 3:15). It is from him that, through his Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to us. It is by the Holy Spirit that, by sharing and distributing their gifts to each one according to his will (Hebrews 2: 4), we are given the faith and “by faith Christ dwells in our hearts” (Eph 3:17). From this knowledge of Jesus Christ comes, as from its source, the firmness and understanding of all holy Scripture. It is therefore impossible to enter into the knowledge of Scripture without first having infused Christ’s faith, as the light, the gate and foundation of all Scripture …

     The purpose or fruit of Holy Scripture is not anything but full eternal happiness. For in Scripture are “the words of eternal life” (Jn 6, 68); it is written, not only for us to believe, but also for us to possess the eternal life in which we will see, we will love and our desires will be eternally fulfilled. It is then that our desires will be fully satisfied, we will truly know “love that surpasses all knowledge” and thus we will arrive at “the total fullness of God” (Eph 3:19). The divine Scripture strives to bring us into this fullness; and it is, therefore, in view of this end, with this intention that the holy Scripture must be studied, taught and understood.

Gospel according to Luke 24: 13-35.

On that same day, two of the disciples went to a small town called Emmaus, about ten kilometers from Jerusalem. On the way they talked about what had happened. As they talked and argued, Jesus himself came and went on walking with them. But something was preventing that his eyes were recognizing it. He said to them, “What did they say on the way?” They stopped, looking sad, and one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “You are the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know what happened in these days!” “What thing?” He asked. They answered, “Concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a mighty prophet in deeds and words before God and all the people, and how our high priests and our chiefs delivered him up to be condemned to death and crucified him. It is true that some women who are with us have baffled us: they went to the tomb early in the morning and did not find the body of Jesus they returned and said that angels had appeared to them, assuring them that he was alive, and some of us went to the tomb and found all that the women had said, but they did not see him. Jesus said to them, “Hard men of understanding, how hard it is to believe all that the prophets prophesied! Was it not necessary for the Messiah to endure these sufferings to enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and continuing with all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures what was referring to him. When they came near the town where they were going, Jesus made to move on. But they insisted: “Stay with us, for it is late and the day is over.” He came in and stayed with them. And being at the table, he took bread and pronounced the blessing; then he broke it and gave it to him. Then the eyes of the disciples opened and recognized him, but he had disappeared from his sight. And they said, “Did not our heart burn, as He spoke to us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” At that very moment they set out and returned to Jerusalem. There they met together the Eleven and the others who were with them, and they said to them, “It is true, the Lord has risen and appeared to Simon!” They, for their part, told what had happened to them on the way and how they had recognized it when breaking bread.

Excerpted from the Bible, Book of the People of God.

Read the Gospel Commentary by:

Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-1975), priest, founder

Homily in God’s friends

    “Stay with us”

     The two disciples were on their way to Emmaus. His bearing was normal, like that of so many other people passing through those places. And it is there, naturally, that Jesus appears to them and walks with them, beginning a conversation that makes them forget their fatigue … Jesus on the road. Lord, you are always great! But you move me when you condescend to follow us, to look for us in our daily coming and going. Lord, grant us the simplicity of spirit; give us a pure glance, a clear intelligence to be able to understand you when you come to us without any outward sign of your glory.

     When they reach the town, the journey ends and the two disciples who, without realizing it, have been touched in the depths of their hearts by the word and the love of God made man, it pains them to leave. Because Jesus, farewell to them “pretending that he went further”. Our Lord never imposes Himself. Once we perceive the purity of the love he has placed in our soul, he wants us to call him freely. We have to hold him by force and beg him: “Stay with us because it is late and the day is over, the night begins already.”

     We are like this: we lack audacity, perhaps for lack of sincerity, or for modesty. Deep inside we think: Stay with us, because the darkness envelops our soul, and only you are the light, only you can calm this thirst that consumes us … And Jesus stays with us. Our eyes are opened, like those of Cleopas and his companion, when Christ breaks the bread; and even if he disappears again from our sight, we will be able to get back on track – it starts already at night – to talk about it to others, because so much joy can not be kept in one heart.

      Road to Emmaus. Our God has filled this name with sweetness, and Emmaus is the whole world because the Lord has opened the divine ways of the earth.

The Gospels



Priestly prayer

  1. When Jesus had said this, he raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you,
  2. just as you gave him authority over all people, so that he may give eternal life to all you gave him.
  3. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
  4. I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.
  5. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.
  6. “I revealed your name 5 to those whom you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.
  7. Now they know that everything you gave me is from you,
  8. because the words you gave to me I have given to them, and they accepted them and truly understood that I came from you, and they have believed that you sent me.
  9. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for the ones you have given me, because they are yours,
  10. and everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.
  11. And now I will no longer be in the world, but they are in the world, while I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are.
  12. When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded them, and none of them was lost except the son of destruction, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled.
  13. But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely.
  14. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.
  15. I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one.
  16. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world.
  17. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.
  18. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world.
  19. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.
  20. “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
  21. so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.
  22. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one,
  23. I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.
  24. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am 7 they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
  25. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
  26. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, 8 that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.”