Le 4 Juillet

Publié le 3 Juillet 2016

Évangile de Jésus Christ selon

saint Matthieu 9,18-26.


En ce temps-là, tandis que Jésus parlait aux disciples de Jean le Baptiste, voilà qu’un notable s’approcha. Il se prosternait devant lui en disant : « Ma fille est morte à l’instant ; mais viens lui imposer la main, et elle vivra. »
Jésus se leva et le suivit, ainsi que ses disciples.
Et voici qu’une femme souffrant d’hémorragies depuis douze ans s’approcha par-derrière et toucha la frange de son vêtement.
Car elle se disait en elle-même : « Si je parviens seulement à toucher son vêtement, je serai sauvée. »
Jésus se retourna et, la voyant, lui dit : « Confiance, ma fille ! Ta foi t’a sauvée. » Et, à l’heure même, la femme fut sauvée.
Jésus, arrivé à la maison du notable, vit les joueurs de flûte et la foule qui s’agitait bruyamment. Il dit alors :
« Retirez-vous. La jeune fille n’est pas morte : elle dort. » Mais on se moquait de lui.
Quand la foule fut mise dehors, il entra, lui saisit la main, et la jeune fille se leva.
Et la nouvelle se répandit dans toute la région.

Commentaire du jour


Saint Cyrille d'Alexandrie (380-444), évêque et docteur de l'Église
Commentaire sur l'évangile de Jean, 4 ; PG 73, 560

« Il entra et saisit la main de la jeune fille »

Dès lors que le Christ est entré en nous par sa propre chair, nous ressusciterons entièrement ; il est inconcevable, ou plutôt impossible, que la vie ne fasse pas vivre ceux chez qui elle s'introduit. Comme on recouvre un tison ardent d'un tas de paille pour garder intacte le germe du feu, de même notre Seigneur Jésus Christ cache la vie en nous par sa propre chair et y met comme une semence d'immortalité qui écarte toute la corruption que nous portons en nous.

Ce n'est donc pas seulement par sa parole qu'il réalise la résurrection des morts. Pour montrer que son corps donne la vie, comme nous l'avons dit, il touche les cadavres et par son corps il donne la vie à ces corps déjà en voie de désintégration. Si le seul contact de sa chair sacrée rend la vie à ces morts, quel profit ne trouverons-nous pas en son eucharistie vivifiante quand nous la recevrons ! ... Il ne suffirait pas que notre âme seulement soit régénérée par l'Esprit pour une vie nouvelle. Notre corps épais et terrestre aussi devait être sanctifié par sa participation à un corps aussi consistant et de même origine que le nôtre et devait être appelé ainsi à l'incorruptibilité.

In English

Scripture: Matthew 9:18-26

18 While he was thus speaking to them, behold, a ruler came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." 19 And Jesus rose and followed him, with his disciples. 20 And behold, a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment; 21 for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well." 22 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. 23 And when Jesus came to the ruler's house, and saw the flute players, and the crowd making a tumult, 24 he said, "Depart; for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. 25 But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. 26 And the report of this went through all that district.

The message

The mission does give us the joy. Jesus who is filled with joy share it with all those who search for it without making any distinction or showing any partiality. However the deep faith in Him is an imperative to profit this divine generosity. Not only has the daughter of the ruler found back her life, but also this poor lady who was suffering for a long duration. All these are mere gifts accorded to those who have this deep faith in God. The incarnation of Christ is already an immersion of divinity in the substance of the humanity. People those who are not able to identify this divinity in the humanity may laugh at this truth, but Jesus gracefully ignores them, and advances towards the upper house, where only a few believers are invited to witness the marvellous work of God, a divine encounter with the giver of LIFE.

Our faith may not protect us from the sickness or from the social evils, though the miracles are always a possibility, it does gives us the hope and the courage necessary to confront these difficult moments of life. Though God doesn’t propose us pain and suffering as means for the salvation or even for the conversion, He does give us the strength necessary to face them courageously, which may lead us towards conversion and reconciliation. These pains and sufferings can be a moment of grace, only if we can look at them with the merciful eyes of God and be ready to learn from them a useful lesson of life.

Commentary of the day


Saint Cyril of Alexandria (380-444), Bishop, Doctor of the Church
Commentary on Saint John's Gospel, 4; PG 73, 560

"He came and took her by the hand"

As soon as Christ has entered us with his own flesh, we shall be wholly brought to life. It is inconceivable – or, rather, impossible – that life should not give life to those into whom it enters. Just as people put a cover over a burning brand taken from a heap of straw so as to keep the spark of fire going, so our Lord Jesus Christ conceals the life within us with his own flesh and sets, as it were, a seed of immortality there that casts out all the corruption we bear within us.

So it is not just by his word that he brings about the resurrection of the dead. To show that his body gives life, as we said, he touches corpses and gives life with his own body to bodies already in process of decomposition. If the touch of his sacred flesh alone restores life to these dead people, what benefit shall we not find in his life-giving eucharist when we receive it!... It would not be enough if only our souls were to be regenerated into new life by the Spirit. Our solid, earthly body also has to be made holy by its participation in a body that is as solid as our own and of the same origin, and it, too, must thus be called to incorruptibility.

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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