Le 6 Février

Publié le 5 Février 2016

Évangile de Jésus Christ selon

saint Marc 6,30-34.


En ce temps-là, après leur première mission, les Apôtres se réunirent auprès de Jésus, et lui annoncèrent tout ce qu’ils avaient fait et enseigné.
Il leur dit : « Venez à l’écart dans un endroit désert, et reposez-vous un peu. » De fait, ceux qui arrivaient et ceux qui partaient étaient nombreux, et l’on n’avait même pas le temps de manger.
Alors, ils partirent en barque pour un endroit désert, à l’écart.
Les gens les virent s’éloigner, et beaucoup comprirent leur intention. Alors, à pied, de toutes les villes, ils coururent là-bas et arrivèrent avant eux.
En débarquant, Jésus vit une grande foule. Il fut saisi de compassion envers eux, parce qu’ils étaient comme des brebis sans berger. Alors, il se mit à les enseigner longuement

Commentaire du jour


Saint Zénon de Vérone (?-v. 380), évêque
Sermon De spe, fide et caritate, 9 ; PL 11, 278 (trad. Orval rev.)

« Il fut saisi de compassion envers eux »

Ô charité, que tu es bonne et riche ! que tu es puissante ! Il ne possède rien, celui qui ne te possède pas. C'est toi qui as pu faire de Dieu un homme. Tu l'as fait s'abaisser et s'éloigner pour un temps de son immense majesté. Tu l'as retenu prisonnier neuf mois dans le sein de la Vierge. Tu as guéri Ève en Marie. Tu as renouvelé Adam dans le Christ. Tu as préparé la croix pour le salut du monde déjà perdu.

Ô amour, c'est toi qui, pour vêtir celui qui est nu, te contentes d'être nue. Pour toi, la faim est un repas abondant, si un pauvre affamé a mangé ton pain. Ta fortune consiste à destiner tout ce que tu possèdes à la miséricorde. Toi seule tu ne te fais pas prier. Les opprimés, tu les secours sans retard, même à tes dépens, quelle que soit la détresse où ils sont plongés. C'est toi l'œil des aveugles, le pied des boiteux, le bouclier très fidèle des veuves et des orphelins. Tu aimes tes ennemis de telle façon que nul ne discerne quelle différence il y a pour toi entre eux et tes amis.

C'est toi, ô charité, qui unis les mystères célestes aux choses humaines, et les mystères humains aux choses célestes. Tu es la gardienne de ce qui est divin. C'est toi qui, dans le Père, gouvernes et ordonnes tout ; c'est toi l'obéissance du Fils ; c'est toi qui exultes en l'Esprit Saint. Parce que tu es une dans les trois personnes, tu ne peux pas être divisée. Jaillissant de la source qu'est le Père, tu te déverses tout entière dans le Fils, sans te retirer du Père. C'est à bon droit qu'on dit que « Dieu est amour » (1Jn 4,16), parce que toi seule tu guides la puissance de la Trinité.

In English

Scripture: Mark 6:30-34

30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

The message

The human wisdom will make a reproach on the insistence of the Lord; "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." Why this desert life is being proposed to the disciples who have just returned after accomplishing the great work entrusted to them by the Lord? Don’t they merit to profit the glory from their hard work of announcing the Good News? People search for them and Jesus is isolating them towards a desert place. Humanly looking it is mere injustice towards the disciples.

Jesus knows that the honour is reserved to the Father who has shared with them the grace of healing and the power to announce the Good News with authority. Thus the real justice is that the owner merit the fruit and not the labourer who have already received the salary by the grace that the Lord has showered on them.

If every baptised learn this truth and act accordingly, the year of divine mercy will get its day before our own eyes and we will become de facto mediators without manipulating or taking advantage from the people, of the Divine Mercy offered by the Lord and the people who are in-need of it.

The wisdom that king Salmon requested is graciously accorded by the Lord with all the riches that could be attached in the execution of this wisdom, because it pleased the Lord of David. Jesus is in action, filled with mercy and compassion. It is in this wisdom and discernment that we are called to act upon. This act will surely glorify the owner of this wisdom and the same will please the Lord who loves us.

Another commentary of the day


Saint Zeno of Verona (? – c.380), Bishop
Sermon 'De spe, fide et caritate', 9; PL 11, 278

"His heart was moved with pity for them"

O charity, how good, how bountiful you are! They possess nothing who do not possess you. You it was who could make of God a man. You caused him to humble himself and forsake, for a while, his great majesty. You held him captive for nine months in the Virgin's womb. You healed Eve in Mary, renewed Adam in Christ. For the salvation of this fallen world you prepared the cross...

O love, to clothe that which was naked you were pleased to become naked. Hunger is as a lavish feast for you if some poor, starving person should eat your bread. Your fortune consists in bequeathing all you possess to works of mercy. You alone have no cause to be besought. You hasten to give succor to the oppressed even at your own expense, whatever the distress into which they have been cast. You are eyes to the blind, feet to the lame, a trusty shield for widows and orphans... You so love your enemies that none can perceive in you any distinction between these and your friends.

O love, it is you who unite the mysteries of heaven with the things of this world and the mysteries of this world with the things of heaven. You are the guardian of what is of God. It is you who, in the Father, govern and ordain all things; who are the obedience of the Son; who rejoice in the Holy Spirit. Because you are one in each of the three Persons, you cannot be divided... Flowing from the spring of the Father, you pour out yourself wholly in the Son without leaving the Father. With good reason it is said that “God is love” (1Jn 4,16) since you alone are the one who directs the power of the Trinity.

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