Évangile de Jésus Christ selon
saint Jean 15,18-21.
En ce temps-là, Jésus disait à ses disciples : « Si le monde a de la haine contre vous, sachez qu’il en a eu d’abord contre moi.
Si vous apparteniez au monde, le monde aimerait ce qui est à lui. Mais vous n’appartenez pas au monde, puisque je vous ai choisis en vous prenant dans le monde ; voilà pourquoi le monde a de la haine contre vous.
Rappelez-vous la parole que je vous ai dite : un serviteur n’est pas plus grand que son maître. Si l’on m’a persécuté, on vous persécutera, vous aussi. Si l’on a gardé ma parole, on gardera aussi la vôtre.
Les gens vous traiteront ainsi à cause de mon nom, parce qu’ils ne connaissent pas Celui qui m’a envoyé. »
Nous vivons dans un monde d’ignorance, où l’homme pense qu’il sait tout. C’est dans ce monde que Dieu nous envoi, et Il nous envoi avec une assurance de sa présence et de son accompagnement. La mission sera jamais facile.
Les premiers disciples du Seigneur consultaient leur maître, comme leur Maître Jésus consultait son Père. Nous devons d’être sure sur nos actes et nos paroles, car ils devaient être vraiment selon la volonté de Dieu, car nous sommes envoyé par le Christ. Nous ne devons jamais oubliés qu‘un serviteur n’est pas plus grand que son maître.
Puisque le chemin est difficile, il faut apprendre à écouter le Seigneur et à être fidèle à l'évangile. Nous devons nous laisser guider par l’Esprit Saint, qui nous montrera la direction et nous dictera la Parole. Si nous mettons cette Parole en acte, nos actes deviendront un acte divin et nos paroles seront la Parole de Dieu, une Parole de vie. C’est ainsi, nous serons les vrais disciples du Seigneur.
Scripture: John 15:18-21
18 "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, `A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me.
Today’s gospel message is quite frightening for the new disciples to accept the faith, because Jesus is warning them that they will meet the same end like Him. How can we take this responsibility willingly, knowing well that the end will be tragic?
Though it seems to be frightening, it is the way Jesus prepares His disciples for the worst. They have to be prepared for such occasion, to remain strong and courageous. Many at times, when be look back our past life, we understand that our own failures, difficult moments of life, our own disappointments and discouragements were transformed to our present time, as a moment of grace and blessings. Whzn look at the life of the disciples of Jesus, the assurance for the disciples is from the life of Jesus. Just like His Father has resurrected Jesus, He will never abandon us, will come to protect us and liberate us.
All that is expected us is that we remain faithful to the Gospel and announce what is demand from us. Just like the first disciples consulted their Master, like Jesus consulted His Father, we are asked to consult everything with Jesus before deciding on anything. Thus our acts and words will be really a divine act and our words will be lifesaving words.
Commentary of the day
Saint John-Paul II, Pope from 1978 to 2005
Homily for the ecumenical commemoration of the witnesses to the faith in the twentieth century on May 7, 2000 (© Libreria Editrice Vaticana)
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first”
“Whoever loves his life loses it and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (Jn 12:25)... They contain a truth which today’s world often scorns and rejects, making love of self the supreme criterion of life. But the witnesses to the faith, who also this evening speak to us by their example, did not consider their own advantage, their own well-being, their own survival as greater values than fidelity to the Gospel. Despite all their weakness, they vigorously resisted evil. In their fragility there shone forth the power of faith and of the Lord’s grace.
The precious heritage which these courageous witnesses have passed down to us is a patrimony shared by all the Churches and Ecclesial Communities... The ecumenism of the martyrs and the witnesses to the faith is the most convincing of all; to the Christians of the twenty-first century it shows the path to unity. It is the heritage of the Cross lived in the light of Easter: a heritage which enriches and sustains Christians as they go forward into the new millennium...
In the century and the millennium just begun may the memory of these brothers and sisters of ours remain always vivid. Indeed, may it grow still stronger! Let it be passed on from generation to generation, so that from it there may blossom a profound Christian renewal! Let it be guarded as a treasure of consummate value for the Christians of the new millennium, and let it become the leaven for bringing all Christ’s disciples into full communion! ... I pray to the Lord that the cloud of witnesses which surrounds us (He 12:1) will help all of us who believe to express with no less courage our own love for Christ, for him who is ever alive in his Church: as he was yesterday, and is today, and will be tomorrow and for ever!