17th Ordinary Sunday

Publié le 25 Juillet 2020

For the past two weeks we have been meditating on the sower and the grains. Particularly last week we looked into the feeling of the sower. Today we are invited to discover how the Lord sows the seeds in our hearts. Zachariah and Mary had the Angel of the Lord. Moses saw the fire and heard the voice. If God chose to speak to Moses in  a storm, He chose to speak to Elijah, in the murmur of a breeze. God speaks to us according to our human condition, our ability to understand and particularly according to our present  status life.

Salamone is called to make a choice, with just discernment before God, imposing an irrevocable decision on himself, without giving him a moment to breathe. Young man, just taken the responsibility of a king, is asked to decide, here and now, something important for life. Happily, that day Salamone lived in the Lord according to the guidance of his Father, mediating on the wonders that the Lord has done during the reign of his father. Certainly, he will express his choice, which will please God. A thinking purely divine, at the service of the Lord, searching the means to accomplish the divine will.

God who is free will always leave us in our freedom. He will never impose himself. Saint Thomas Aquinas tells us that God cannot save us against our own will.  Man is called to listen to this God of freedom and patience because God has already listened to us and patiently marching with us. He knows our present, past and the future. How can a sensible person ignore a life-giving source?

If man listens to the Lord, in that listening he will discover that treasure hidden in a field and the pearl of great value that he searches in his life.  It is not for nothing that men of great power in the history have decided to leave everything to follow the Lord, in poverty and obedience.  It is in their emptiness that they allowed God to fill them.  Self-emptying before God is, self-fulfilling in God. It is in our emptiness that we make ourselves worthy to receive the divine grace.

Today we must ask ourselves two questions. The first one is this, are we listening to the Lord? Are we looking for the treasure and what kind of treasure that we are searching for?  The man who found the treasure, sold everything, so that he could buy it. Are we willing to lose everything to get the treasure that God has given us? Are we ready for self-emptying ?

As we listen to this story, let us not make the mistake of looking at life, as if, everything is a work of man. The treasure that the man found, was already existing. He only discovered it. It is not we who have found this treasure, it is the Lord who has put it before us, so that it may be visible to us. We already know that in the story of the disciples of Emmaus, it was not the disciples who wanted the Lord to stay with them, but it was the Lord who wanted them to stay with the Lord.  He was accompanying them  and made them to discover the resurrection while celebrating the Eucharist. St. Gregory the Great says in his homily on Mary Magdalene's encounter with the Lord, "the one she sought outwardly was the one who taught her inwardly to seek him.

My friends in Jesus Christ, believe me, this desire to search for the Lord, thirst for divinely things, don’t come without a divine intervention. As St. Paul tells us in the second reading, "Those whom he had intended beforehand, he also called; and those whom he called, he made righteous; and those whom he made righteous, he gave them his glory. "It is now up to us to answer Him. Surely we cannot afford everything with human means. We have to sell; it may cost us everything we have earned. Let's have the courage to search for the treasure and not be afraid to sell everything that we have, to possess the divine graces. And we'll be happy and joyful all our lives. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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