Le 16 Avril

Publié le 15 Avril 2016

Évangile de Jésus Christ selon

saint Jean 6,60-69.


En ce temps-là, Jésus avait donné un enseignement dans la synagogue de Capharnaüm. Beaucoup de ses disciples, qui avaient entendu, déclarèrent : « Cette parole est rude ! Qui peut l’entendre ? »
Jésus savait en lui-même que ses disciples récriminaient à son sujet. Il leur dit : « Cela vous scandalise ?
Et quand vous verrez le Fils de l’homme monter là où il était auparavant !...
C’est l’esprit qui fait vivre, la chair n’est capable de rien. Les paroles que je vous ai dites sont esprit et elles sont vie.
Mais il y en a parmi vous qui ne croient pas. » Jésus savait en effet depuis le commencement quels étaient ceux qui ne croyaient pas, et qui était celui qui le livrerait.
Il ajouta : « Voilà pourquoi je vous ai dit que personne ne peut venir à moi si cela ne lui est pas donné par le Père. »
À partir de ce moment, beaucoup de ses disciples s’en retournèrent et cessèrent de l’accompagner.
Alors Jésus dit aux Douze : « Voulez-vous partir, vous aussi ? »
Simon-Pierre lui répondit : « Seigneur, à qui irions-nous ? Tu as les paroles de la vie éternelle.
Quant à nous, nous croyons, et nous savons que tu es le Saint de Dieu. »

Commentaire du jour


Saint Bernard (1091-1153), moine cistercien et docteur de l'Église
Sermon divers n°5, sur Habaquq ; PL 183,556 (trad. cf. bréviaire)

« Voulez-vous partir vous aussi ? »

Nous lisons dans l'Évangile que lorsque le Seigneur s'est mis à prêcher et, sous le mystère de son corps donné en nourriture, à instruire ses disciples sur la nécessité de participer à ses souffrances, certains ont dit : « Cette parole est dure », et ont cessé de l'accompagner. Mais comme Jésus demandait à ses disciples si eux aussi voulaient le quitter, ils ont répondu : « Seigneur, à qui irions-nous ? Tu as les paroles de la vie éternelle ».

De même, je vous le dis, frères, encore de nos jours pour certains les paroles de Jésus sont « esprit et vie », et ils marchent à sa suite. Mais à d'autres elles paraissent dures, si bien qu'ils cherchent ailleurs une misérable consolation. En effet « la Sagesse élève la voix sur les places » (Pr 1,20), et plus précisément sur « la route large et spacieuse qui conduit à la mort » (Mt 7,13), pour appeler ceux qui s'y sont engagés. « Quarante ans, dit un psaume, je me suis tenu proche de cette génération, et j'ai dit : ce peuple a toujours le cœur égaré » (94,10). « Une fois Dieu a parlé » (Ps 61,12) : une fois, oui, parce que sa Parole est unique, sans interruption et perpétuelle. Il invite les pécheurs à rentrer dans leur cœur, parce que c'est là qu'il habite, là qu'il parle... « Si aujourd'hui vous entendez sa voix, n'endurcissez pas votre cœur » (Ps 94,8). Et dans l'Évangile ce sont presque les mêmes paroles... : « Mes brebis entendent ma voix » (Jn 10,27)... « Vous êtes son peuple, les brebis de son pâturage, si aujourd'hui vous écoutez sa voix. » (Ps 94,8)

In English

Scripture: John 6:60-69

60 Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, "Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you that do not believe." For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. 65 And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." 66 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. 67 Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also wish to go away?" 68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

The message

What is that word of Jesus that was inacceptable to the disciples who were following Jesus? Jesus was speaking of Eucharist and affirming that this spiritual nourishment is from heaven. People who saw in Jesus the Master who will lead them to the victory against the roman empire, who longed to have a part with His Kingdom, failed to understand not only the teaching of Jesus, but also His love for the humanity. Without this basic understanding, every Word of Jesus will be always difficult to put in to practice.

Today Jesus is asking each and every one of us, “Do you also wish to go away?”, because we don’t understand His love and His teaching has become untenable to our human capacity. Even today, His words have greater value not only to us, the believers, but also to the non-believers. There are many non-believers, who welcome gladly this divine teaching and try their level best to put into practice.

We who carry in us Christ by our name, should make His teachings as the rule of life. Just like Jesus who was merciful to the disciples who have abandoned Him, let us learn to have the same approach to our enemies and fall back to Jesus for our nourishment. Let the proclamation of saint Peter be of ours. Let us say to ourselves again and again what Peter has said to the Lord: "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."

Commentary of the day


Saint Bernard (1091-1153), Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church
Diverse Sermons, no. 5, on “Habbakuk”

“Do you want to leave me too?”


In the Gospel we read that when the Lord began to preach and, in the mystery of his body given as food, to instruct his disciples about the need to participate in his suffering, some said: “This word is harsh”, and they stopped going with him. But when Jesus asked his disciples if they also wanted to leave him, they answered: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

In the same way I tell you, brothers, even in our day, for some the words of Jesus are “spirit and life” and they follow him. But for others, they seem harsh, so much so that they look elsewhere for some poor consolation. For “Wisdom raises her voice in the open squares” (Prov 1:20) and, to be more precise, on “the road that is wide and clear and leads to damnation” (cf. Mt 7:13), in order to call those who have gone that way. A Psalm says: “Forty years I stayed close to that generation, and I said: They are a people of erring heart.” (cf. Ps 95:10) “One thing God said” (Ps 62:12): one thing, yes, because his Word is one, uninterrupted and perpetual. He invites sinners to enter into their heart, because that is where he lives and where he speaks… “Oh, that today you would hear his voice: ‘Harden not your hearts…’” (Ps 95:7-8) And in the Gospel we read almost the same words: “My sheep hear my voice.” (Jn 10:27) “You are his people, the sheep of his pasture, if today you hear his voice.” (cf. Ps 95:8)

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