12th of July

Publié le 11 Juillet 2021

Gospel text

(Mt 10,34--11,1): 

 

Jesus said to his disciples, «Do not think that I have come to establish peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father and daughter against her mother; a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Each one will have as enemies those of one's own family.

»Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take up his cross and come after me is not worthy of me. One who wants to benefit from his life will lose it; one who loses his life for my sake will find it. Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. The one who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive the reward of a prophet; the one who welcomes a just man because he is a just man will receive the reward of a just man. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is a disciple of mine, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded».

When Jesus had finished giving his twelve disciples these instructions, He went on from there to teach and to proclaim his message in their towns.

 

The Application

 

Very often we are disconnected from our history and we make a miserable mistake in our discernment. We fail to see the reason of presence in this world and don’t realize for whom we are living this life. Jesus invites us to connect to this story, the history of salvation, and to discover in Jesus the fulfilment of the divine will.

 

 

This divine will takes its stand with an affirmation of the value that God desires to promulgate in our society.  One is asked to take a stand with and in God, for or against His commandment of love, even if one is closely bound in the family relationship. Before God, all others have a secondary place and love will take the first place.

 

 

It is in this love for God that we welcome each other as our brothers and sisters, the envoys of the Father. We give them the same respect that we give to God. This is the true teaching of Jesus to his disciples. If we consider ourselves to be his disciples, we must put this teaching into practice in our daily lives, and by our love others will discover that we are Christians, as Saint James tells us in his letter.

 

Action of the day : Have courage to defend the truth.

 

 

Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:

 

How peace requires a sword,

by John Chrysostom (347-407 AD)

 

"What sort of peace is it that Jesus asks them to pronounce upon entering each house? And what kind of peace is it of which the angels sing, 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace'? And if Jesus came not to bring peace, why did all the prophets publish peace as good news? Because this more than anything is peace: when the disease is removed. This is peace: when the cancer is cut away. Only with such radical surgery is it possible for heaven to be reunited to earth. Only in this way does the physician preserve the healthy tissue of the body. The incurable part must be amputated. Only in this way does the military commander preserve the peace: by cutting off those in rebellion. Thus it was also in the case of the tower of Babel, that their evil peace was ended by their good discord. Peace therefore was accomplished. (excerpt from THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, HOMILY 35.1)

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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