Le 23 Juin

Publié le 22 Juin 2016

Évangile de Jésus Christ selon

saint Matthieu 7,21-29.

En ce temps-là, Jésus disait à ses disciples : « Ce n’est pas en me disant : “Seigneur, Seigneur !” qu’on entrera dans le royaume des Cieux, mais c’est en faisant la volonté de mon Père qui est aux cieux.
Ce jour-là, beaucoup me diront : “Seigneur, Seigneur, n’est-ce pas en ton nom que nous avons prophétisé, en ton nom que nous avons expulsé les démons, en ton nom que nous avons fait beaucoup de miracles ?”
Alors je leur déclarerai : “Je ne vous ai jamais connus. Écartez-vous de moi, vous qui commettez le mal !”
Ainsi, celui qui entend les paroles que je dis là et les met en pratique est comparable à un homme prévoyant qui a construit sa maison sur le roc.
La pluie est tombée, les torrents ont dévalé, les vents ont soufflé et se sont abattus sur cette maison ; la maison ne s’est pas écroulée, car elle était fondée sur le roc.
Et celui qui entend de moi ces paroles sans les mettre en pratique est comparable à un homme insensé qui a construit sa maison sur le sable.
La pluie est tombée, les torrents ont dévalé, les vents ont soufflé, ils sont venus battre cette maison ; la maison s’est écroulée, et son écroulement a été complet. »
Lorsque Jésus eut terminé ce discours, les foules restèrent frappées de son enseignement,
car il les enseignait en homme qui a autorité, et non pas comme leurs scribes.

Le message

Hier nous avons médité sur le thème l’arbre et son fruit. L’acte nous aide à découvrir la qualité de la personne. C’est pourquoi beaucoup de personne avec une bonne volonté font beaucoup de bien. En faisant du bien, ils pensent que les autres reconnaîtront qu’ils sont bons. Humainement et socialement l’homme est influencé par cette philosophie de la vie.

Pour les chrétiens, il ne sera pas ainsi. Les actes sont les fruits de notre relation avec Dieu. Un chrétien est appelé à agir selon la volonté de Dieu. Dieu créa le monde et le trouva bon. Dans ces bons et biens nous choisissons les actes qui nous aident à accomplir tout ce que Dieu nous a demandé de faire.

Notre fidélité à la volonté de Dieu nous exige d’être enraciner en Dieu, comme une maison construite sur le roc. Si notre relations avec Dieu n’est pas bien entretenu, et tout ce que nous faisons ne se fondent pas dans cette relation divine, même si notre maison soit belle et jolie, devant les tentations et troubles, nous ne serons plus capables de la protéger et tout ce que nous avons construit seront détruit devant nos yeux.

In English

Scripture: Matthew 7:21-29

21 "Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.' 24 "Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; 25 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; 27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it." 28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

The message

Yesterday we meditated on the ‘good tree and good fruit’. We were convinced that we can discover the quality of the person, just by judging their acts. There are many in this world try to do good so that other may discover that they are good. They depend entirely on these acts for a good certificate from the people and do the maximum possible to protect this ‘good image’ they have created in the minds of the society. Though this philosophy may be considered good, because they do good deeds, there is something essentially is lacking. The tree doesn’t give fruit to show the quality of the tree. It acts naturally and this neutrality is missing in such people.

As Christians we have another yard stick to measure the quality of life. Are we doing the will of the Father? Though these persons of the gospel did good needs and even in the name of Jesus, there was something very important and essential for Christ was lacking: the will of the Father. Our act and deed should have its source in our relation with the Father.

It is in this relationship that we are called to act and our actions will be natural, because we can’t do other way. Jesus is not asking us to do good deed, it is naturally understood. The question is, are we faithful to the Will of the Father? If we are rooted in Christ, then all that we do can be compared to the house build on the rock. If not, though our deeds may be the same, sometime better than the holy people, when confronted by temptations and troubles, all that we have constructed will disappear in front our eyes, because they didn’t have the solid foundation, but simple and good appearance.

Commentary of the day

Saint Benedict (480-547), monk, co-patron of Europe
Rule, Prologue 19-38 (trans. Justin McCann OSB)

"To enter the kingdom of heaven... you must do the will of my Father "

What can be sweeter to us, dearest brethren, than this voice of our Lord inviting us? Behold in his loving mercy the Lord shows us the way of life... And, if we wish to dwell in the tabernacle of his kingdom, unless we run there with good deeds we shall not arrive. But let us ask the Lord with the prophet: “O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy mountain?” (Ps 15,1). Then, brethren, let us hear the Lord answering and showing us the way to that tabernacle and saying: “He who walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart..., who harms not his fellow man, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor” (vv.2-3)...

Such men as these, fearing the Lord, are not puffed up on account of their good works, but judging that they can do no good of themselves and that all comes from God...: “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name give the glory” (Ps 115[114b],1). So the apostle Paul imputed nothing of his preaching to himself, but said: “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1Cor 15,10)...

Wherefore the Lord also says in the Gospel: “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been solidly set on rock”. Having given us these instructions, the Lord daily expects us to make our lives correspond with his holy admonitions. And the days of our lives are lengthened and a respite allowed us for this very reason, that we may amend our evil ways. For the Apostle says: “Are you unaware that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance?” (Rm 2,4). For the merciful Lord says: “Do I not rather rejoice when the wicked turns from his evil way that he may live?” (Ez 18,23).

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