22nd of June

Publié le 21 Juin 2021

Gospel text

(Mt 7,6.12-14): 

 

Jesus said to his disciples, «Do not give what is holy to the dogs, or throw your pearls to the pigs: they might trample on them and even turn on you and tear you to pieces. So, do to others whatever you would that others do to you: there you have the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many go that way. How narrow is the gate that leads to life and how rough the road; few there are who find it».

 

The Application

 

The Lord asks us not to condition our life in relation to others who surround us. Let our life be conditioned by the divine will. This divine will directs us to the right path, through a narrow gate, which will lead us to a pleasant pasture, whcih the Lord has promised to Abraham. Since we always seek a pleasant and peaceful life, the Lord asks us to grant others a pleasant and peaceful life as well.  Abraham will do the same to his cousin, Loth. This mutual exchange, understanding and sharing will help us to build a just, merciful and loving society. It is well known that building a just society is a narrow door, because in this society there are dogs and pigs who do not respect 'what is sacred. Yet, we are called to retrun good, even when we receive what is bad. This approach itself a narrow door that will certainly please God that the Law and prophets teach us.

 

Action of the day : Discern and act according the divne will.

 

 

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:

Unreadiness to receive Godly teaching,

by Augustine of Hippo, 430-543 A.D.

 

"Now in this precept we are forbidden to give a holy thing to dogs or to cast pearls before swine. We must diligently seek to determine the gravity of these words: holy, pearls, dogs and swine. A holy thing is whatever it would be impious to profane or tear apart. Even a fruitless attempt to do so makes one already guilty of such impiety, though the holy thing may by its very nature remain inviolable and indestructible. Pearls signify all spiritual things that are worthy of being highly prized. Because these things lie hidden in secret, it is as though they were being drawn up from the deep. Because they are found in the wrappings of allegories, it is as though they were contained within shells that have been opened.(1) It is clear therefore that one and the same thing can be called both a holy thing and a pearl. It can be called a holy thing because it ought not to be destroyed and a pearl because it ought not to be despised. One tries to destroy what one does not wish to leave intact. One despises what is deemed worthless, as if beneath him. Hence, whatever is despised is said to be trampled under foot... Thus we may rightly understand that these words (dogs and swine) are now used to designate respectively those who assail the truth and those who resist it." (excerpt from SERMON ON THE MOUNT 2.20.68-69)

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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