Word of the day
Reading of the day
JB 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17
Job answered the LORD and said:
I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.
I have dealt with great things that I do not understand;
things too wonderful for me, which I cannot know.
I had heard of you by word of mouth,
but now my eye has seen you.
Therefore I disown what I have said,
and repent in dust and ashes.
Thus the LORD blessed the latter days of Job
more than his earlier ones.
For he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels,
a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she-asses.
And he had seven sons and three daughters,
of whom he called the first Jemimah,
the second Keziah, and the third Kerenhappuch.
In all the land no other women were as beautiful
as the daughters of Job;
and their father gave them an inheritance
along with their brothers.
After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years;
and he saw his children, his grandchildren,
and even his great-grandchildren.
Then Job died, old and full of years.
Gospel of the day
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus,
"Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name."
Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power
'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy
and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
"I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
"Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."
Words of the Holy Father
We were chosen out of love and this is our identity. I have chosen this religion, I have chosen...': no, you have not chosen. He is the one who chose you, called you and bound himself to you. And this is our faith. If we do not believe this, we do not understand what the message of Christ is, and then we do not understand the Gospel. He fell in love with our smallness and for this reason he chose us. And He chooses the little ones: not the great, the little ones. If you want to understand something of the mystery of Jesus, lower yourself: make yourself small. Recognize that you are nothing. And not only does he choose and reveal himself to the little ones, but he calls the little ones: 'Come to me, all you who are tired and oppressed: I will give you rest'. But does He not call the great? His heart is open, but the great cannot hear His voice because they are full of themselves. To listen to the voice of the Lord, one must become small. This is the manifestation, this is the glory of God. Faithfulness in choosing, in binding oneself to and making Himself little: to become small, empty Himself. The problem of the faith is the core of our life: we can be so much, so virtuous but with little or no faith; we must begin from here, from the mystery of Jesus Christ, who saved us with his fidelity. (Santa Marta, 23 June 2017)