Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent

Publié le 4 Mars 2018

The Christian life is a life deeply rooted in divine love that expresses itself explicitly in human love. This life which has its origin in the divine generosity must recognize and respect not only its origin and divine identity, but also appropriate in it all the divine property. God has created man, in His own image.  God does not have a duty to fulfil towards this humanity, because He has given to him the divine liberty and discernment. Man by his own nature has duties to accomplish to live his life in a dignified way, coherent to his own nature and identity. We call it a human responsibility to humanity, including the entire creation. As God protects His creation, man appropriates in Him this divine responsibility. If he does not respect this duty, or that responsibility, which is closely related to divine responsibility, with creation, he also will disappear. Any abuse incurred to the creation, is naturally an abuse to the humanity. That is why he is called to live with others, including animals and birds of the earth, in a consistent and balanced way. The command that Moses received from God and gave to his generation sums up this philosophy of life, particularly a balanced human divine relationship.

This philosophy of life becomes for Christians a theology of their existence by seeking above all the divine will which is in truth the human will, that we all desire for ourselves. By accomplishing this will, a will filled with kindness and generosity, he will find his joy and his happiness. This is how he cooperates in building the Kingdom of God on earth, a Kingdom of love and peace. This Kingdom is built, very often by the blood shed by the elites of God, the martyrs of the Church, who have become witnesses of this love that God expresses for his humanity on the Cross. St. Paul write to the people of Corinth on this Cross of the Lord as foolishness to the world, for the world did not understand, how much God loves him. It must be recognized that this love remains invisible, for those who don’t search for it.

Man by his nature sees all that is visible, by this visibility he seeks the truth, which remains very often invisible. God by nature sees all that is invisible and all that will happen. God does not need any sign of the earth or the sky, everything is before Him. The man in his weakness is always looking for signs.

The purification temple is for God, a perfect purification of humanity. Since the Temple represents the dwelling place of God and a place where man gives a cult to his God, by his purification, God purifies not only man, but also all that worship can bring him. Destroy this Temple, not just a building, but all that man has established in his ignorance, the sacrifices to please God. Thus, from now on Jesus becomes the Temple par excellence, who will make by Himself a perfect covenant in front of his Father, for the humanity. It is no longer a covenant that God will make with humanity, or a covenant that man will make with his God through the worship he has esætablished, but God will make a covenant with God in Jesus Christ, a covenant worthy of God. "Here is the Lamb of God" of John the Baptist shows us this covenant that God is going to make in Jesus Christ, or the Christ who will do for humanity, on the Cross, a Lamb par excellence without spot will offer himself for the forgiveness of sins.

My friends, first of all, we must purify our heart, the temple of the Holy Spirit. May our heart not be a place of bazar, seeking all that is favourable and interesting, or bargaining for a lesser price, rather may it become a place of peace and reconciliation. May our worship be a worthy and acceptable sacrifice of God, according to the divine will. In this time of Lent, let us discover this God who comes to meet humanity and who wants to save us and purify us at all costs. To achieve this, one must learn to accept this anger, holy wrath of Jesus in the Temple, as a call to conversion, and to purification.  Have a wonderful Sunday. Amen.

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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